The Creative Process Continued ...

Moving a block of crystal

Christopher Ries and assistant placing a 2500 lb. block of crystal on a centerless grinder table, using a 5 ton bridge crane with a scissor style lifting clamp.

Christopher Ries, plus assistants Doug Leity and Ernie Hubert, carving using an air powered die grinder with diamond edged wheel.

Carving “Spring”

Christopher Ries with two large boules of crystal

Christopher Ries with two large boules of crystal, preparing for inspection to determine internal optical quality.

Christopher Ries air tooling a design called “Spring”. Chris is carving the curvilinear surfaces with a diamond edged grinder.

Air tooling “Spring”