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February '18

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60 a-e-mag.com • A&E FEBRUARY 2018 Val Hadshinow, Designs by Val in New Jersey www.sketchandetch.com Project: Memorial pieces Equipment: • Commercial diesel compressor with a constant 50 psi for the big jobs • For smaller jobs, I bring a smaller gas- powered compressor and also run at 50 psi max • On granite or marble, I usually use 80-grit aluminum oxide and 6 mil Rayzist Photomask • For jobs on boulders, pavers, and where I have to go deeper, I use computer-cut vinyl with 60-grit alu- minum oxide and 60 psi Project Details: • Three of the most satisfying projects I've completed through the years were a 9-11 Memorial in West Orange, New Jersey; a Firemen Memorial in West Caldwell, New Jersey; and a Fallen Policemen Memorial in Pat- erson, New Jersey. • Being a one-man operation, I get a lot of work from established com- panies, such as monument dealers, landscaping companies, and marble and granite companies. • The memorials are usually designed by an artist and fabricated and installed before I get involved. • I do the sandcarving after the instal- lation or sometimes I can do it in the granite shop first. • On smaller jobs, the customer pro- vides the design or I can find a lot on the internet and I can manipulate the design myself with Photoshop. Being a draftsman most of my life helped with finalizing the design to create the photomask. • After developing the mask, it's mostly preparation. Lining up the mask, gluing it down, protecting the rest of the unmasked areas with tape, then etching, and finally removing all of the tape, mask and washing off, drying and seeing the finished work come to life. • Because I witnessed the fall of the Twin Towers from very close to where I live, etching the approximately 3,000 names on the memorial wall was very emo- tional as I read every name, including one related on my wife's side of the family and one that left the building as soon as the attack happened. ˚ The names consisted of 88 panels developed by Rayzist because they have the ability to produce large-format masks. ˚ The whole process took about two weeks. Additional pedes- tals with a fireman helmet and policeman helmet and others were added later. 60 A&E

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