Ron Fedor Masonry News
|National Magazine Honors Area Craftsperson
JUNE 2012-Ron Fedor of Mantua, OH won the highest award as a traditional artisan in this year's Directory of Traditional
American Crafts, and his work is showcased in the 2012 August issue of Early American Life magazine. He ranks top in his
tield, according to a panel of national experts convened by the magazine. The experts-curators from such prestigious
institutions as the American Folk Art Museum, Frontier Culture Museum, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Hancock
Shaker Village and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Museum of Early Southern
Decorative Arts, the National Trust, Old Sturbridge Village, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Strawbery Banke Museum, and
Winterthur Museum as well as antiques dealers, independent scholars, and professional instructors-selected the top
craftspeople working with traditional tools and techniques for the magazine's 27th annual Directory of Traditional
American Crafts. Fedor's handcraft showed mastery of the art form, heritage techniques, and workmanship, according to the
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||One of Rons fireplaces has made the cover of Early Homes Magazine.
Masonry Construction Magazine has picked Ron’s Memorial as the “2011 Landscape Winner”.
The Akron Beacon Journal newspaper did an article on Ron upon the completion of the Memorial Stone he did for his parents.
Mantua carver has ultimate task
Ron Fedor creates memorial for his own family
By Jim Carney
Beacon Journal staff writer
MANTUA TWP.: After his father died, Ron Fedor's mother made a simple request.
Simple, yet difficult for a son to complete.
''Would you carve our headstone for us?'' Roberta H. ''Bootsy'' Geiss-Fedor asked.
Richard J. ''Red'' Fedor died in October 2008 of lung cancer and the mother was also battling lung cancer.
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Ron Fedor, 51, learned the craft and trade of stone carving and masonry from his father. He has operated the family's business, Fedor Masonry, since his father retired 15 year ago.
The request left the son thinking about a fitting tribute.
Before his death, his dad also approached him about carving a headstone.
He began sketching his ideas on paper.
As his mother's health deteriorated, Fedor said, it was difficult to share his ideas with her.
He showed her some sketches. One caught her eye.
She pointed to it, but she said, there was a problem with the drawing.
The idea Fedor had come up with was a stone wall to represent his father's work, but the wall was to be left unfinished.
''Your father always finished his jobs,'' his mother told him.