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Bruce Polone

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46 minutes


Death care industry -- Oregon, Stone-cutting -- Sustainability


Interview of Bruce Polone by Dylan Bless in Portland, Oregon on March 5th, 2009.

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Bruce Polone of Vancouver Granite Works is an experienced stonecutter and Terrazzo Artist. He studied art at the University of Arkansas, and specialized in sculpture.


On March 5th, 2009, Dylan Bless interviews artist and stonecarver, Bruce Polone. Polone describes how he became interested in the field and how he was trained to carve stone. In order to obtain the stone for monuments, larger stones were cut into blocks at a quarry, with diamond saws, then cut into individual headstones. At this point, a family member comes to design the layout and style while staying within the guidelines of the cemetery. The headstone then goes through an engraving process. Even with the rising use of cremation, Polone is continually seeing an increase in production. Because many cemeteries have been closed over the last century, many people are now restoring headstones and the grounds in order to maintain the history of our society.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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