Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Duke Darnold at Amiro Art & Found
Duke Darnold is an historic preservationist, master craftsman and artist. His works include his personal hands-on preservation of historic elements in multiple restoration projects in St. Augustine historic buildings and his reuse of salvaged historic elements in many of his art projects. For over twenty five years Duke has honed his special craft of creating works of art from wood, metals and other found objects.
Duke has personally worked on preservation repairs to all three Flagler Hotel properties, the Lightner Museum and multiple private homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Duke repaired and duplicated the original stain glass windows in the towers of the Casa Monica Hotel and reproduced its large wood serpentine balcony and other historic elements that were beyond repair. He personally built the forms and cast the plaster to reproduce the broken original column capitals at the historic Markland House for Flagler College and also cast the Aviles concrete masks for the City of St. Augustine fountain at the Visitor Information Center.
Born in New Mexico and raised in Abilene, Texas, Duke found his way to St. Augustine in 1986 after several years of traveling the world in the United States Navy. He owns a local restoration construction company with his contractor partner Elaine Darnold, and his wood shop, art studio and architectural salvage shop are all located within his masterly restored circa 1920s building in the Historic West King Street area of St. Augustine at 9 N. Leonardi Street.
Duke's heart pine tables, metal sculptures, art dolls and paintings are in many local private collections, and other pieces of his art work are available for viewing and sale at his N. Leonardi Street studio. Duke also does custom pieces upon request.