Podcast Preview: Sticks and L.A.’s Stonemasons

In this exclusive clip, stonemason Frank Gallagher shares why it takes a “peculiar” individual to be successful in the crafts business

You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is a weekly podcast series produced by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave in which the Esotouric founders talk with L.A. personalities about the city’s myths, contradictions, and inspirations.

This week, Richard and Kim talk to Dave Judson, a fifth generation proprietor of Judson Stained Glass Studios (opened in 1895) about the legacy of the Arroyo Guild of Craftsmen. Judson describes the “California inspiration” of the Guild as a combination of Islamic, mission, arts and crafts, and Victorian influences. Crafts, he says, fulfill a desire for handmade art that will never get old, even in the digital age.

In this exclusive clip, the pair gets the inside scoop on stonemasonry from Frank Gallagher, a stonemason who is based in Pasadena but hails from Fermanagh (think “banana”) County, Ireland. He shares how details of stonework reveal an artist’s signature, differentiating one man’s work from another. To leave a signature on Arroyo stone–a random material that is hard to manipulate but used in many of our city’s walls–takes a “peculiar” kind of artist.

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Richard and Kim share highlights from the You Can’t Eat the Sunshine podcast every week at CityThink.