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a photo-journal of FSM's History in the cast stone biz
Mold Making 101, the Florida Statuary way.
the restoration of Centro Espanol de West Tampa, a 100 year old theater

FSM - A History in Stone

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Joseph Karlik was an architectural sculptor who started working in New York City in the early 1920's. He worked as a sculptor-model maker in the studios of many famous artists. Paul Manship, Lee Lawrie, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Malvina Hoffman, Donald Harcourt De Lue and Alexander Caulder are but a few of those he worked with and for. The studio of Rene P. Chambellan was where he was employed the longest. He worked on hundreds of projects. Here are a few of the more notable ones, Rockefeller Center buildings with the statue of Prometheus and Atlas, the United Nations building in NY, the 1939 Worlds Fair, and The Chicago Tribune building. In the 1940's Joseph Karlik started making garden statuary, Birdbaths and fountains in his Keyport New Jersey studio. He continued to cast and also designed and made many pieces for the various manufacturers in the New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut area. He made many pieces for Architectural Lawn Ornaments Co., Morella Lawn Ornaments Co. and Capitol Concrete Specialties, Inc. In 1968 Joseph Karlik moved to St Petersburg where he designed for Pinellas Cast Stone in largo Florida. After selling his casting company, Traditional Lawn Ornaments in New Jersey in 1971, Jerry Karlik Moved to St Petersburg and began apprenticing with his father. Soon afterward both Jerry and Joseph moved to Robinson Concrete Specialties and began their line of garden ornaments. Today Christopher Karlik and his father, Jerry, are continuing the family legacy. Below are some vintage photographs from our 85 years in the business.

This first group of photos are the earliest documented examples of Joe's work and some of Joe & Jerry's early work together.