And he also carved the original Eagle for Eagle Gate! He was an immigrant from England and was asked to carve the Eagle Gate which compromised an eagle, a beehive and a keystone with a 5 point star. Of this story, my favorite detail was that he asked his brother to shoot an eagle for him so he could study it for the carving. Which the brother did.
He carved the wood tops of the tabernacle organ!
Originally Eagle Gate was carved out of wood but due to weather and small birds they copperized. In 1960, a large tractor trailer hit the Eagle Gate and damaged the original piece. They took that eagle down and replaced it with a copper and lead eagle. The original eagle is now on display at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum.
The eagle is 10ft long and has a wing span of 20 ft. It is a memorial for Brigham Young.
Ralph Ramsay was also the carver for the models of the oxen at the Salt Lake Temple baptismal font along with a few other temples.
An amazing man with an amazing talent! So glad I learned his history and how it has effected my life. I have always loved to look at the Eagle Gate everytime I am downtown. Now I know the story behind the creation and I am so thankful for my lovely time with "the ladies" to learn it!
Yay Daughters of Utah Pioneers!