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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 judges.

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Ron Fedor Masonry was featured in Early Homes Magazine. 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.

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.

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Ron Fedor stands next to the headstone he carved from sandstone for his father and mother, Richard and Roberta Fedor, at Westlawn Cemetery. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)   Details on top of the sandstone headstone created by Ron Fedor for his father and mother, Richard and Roberta Fedor, at the Westlawn Cemetery. Fedor spent 500 hours making the headstone for his parents who both died of cancer. There are five tools, used by Fedor's father, on the headstone that also represent his parents five siblings. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)   A photo of Richard and Roberta Fedor, parents of Ron Fedor, who both died of cancer. Fedor spent 500 hours making a headstone for his parents that he placed at their gravesite in Westlawn Cemetery.   Ron Fedor, who is a stone carver, stands next to the sandstone fireplace he created in his home. Fedor spent 500 hours making a headstone for his parents, Richard and Roberta Fedor who both died of cancer. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)