These beautiful, unique bronzes are original creations by William Dahl, and are reproduced using the 'Lost Wax' process at a local Houston foundry. This method requires a wax 'edition' to be produced from a mold made from the original clay sculpture. It is coated with a multi-layered cast and then heated up in a large oven, causing the melted wax to pour out. The wax is replaced with molten bronze (heated up to about 2000 degrees), which is cooled and metal-worked to clear burrs and imperfections.
Each piece is then finished with a 'patina', which combines heat & chemicals to create the specialized color/design reflected in the pictures you see here. While most heat/chemical combinations will produce consistent results, each piece is ultimately unique because no two patinas will create exactly the same look.
Note: For clients interested in specific patinas/colors/designs, send the artist an e-mail (found in the "Contact W.D. " section) and he can provide additional information about available patinas.
Every sculpture is then set on a dark walnut wood base. There is no additional cost for these beautiful walnut bases; they are part of the finished piece. (Only the stalking cougar is designed without a base, but it has been reproduced on both wooden and marble bases in the past.)
Note: Marble sub-bases can be added for an additional cost. For clients interested in other than walnut wood bases, send the artist an e-mail (found in the "Contact W.D. " section) and he can provide additional information on costs and time requirements.