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Keith Middlemas courthouse stone carver

Stone carver Keith Middlemas, Oskaloosa, is sculpting four new finials that will replace deteriorating ones on the clock tower at the Douglas County Courthouse. The project is part of a multi-year courthouse restoration effort on the 103-year-old building that began in late 2007. Lawrence artist Laura Ramberg is also working on stone pieces for the courthouse.

Stone carver Keith Middlemas, Oskaloosa, is sculpting four new finials that will replace deteriorating ones on the clock tower at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. At top is a new finial carved from a 300-pound piece of cottonwood limestone. At bottom left is one of the 103-year-old, weather-damaged pieces being replaced. The project is part of a multiyear courthouse restoration effort that began in late 2007.

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