Wandering Sculptor Comes Home

By Eric Olson

November 11, 2011 Updated Nov 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--We’ve visited Cary Shafer’s Fort Wayne studio often over the years, this visit in 2002 found him carving a massive gorgeous limestone mantelpiece for a client. Shafer is one of the finest sculptors in the country and the South Side grad has taken his skills many places, including a stint working on Washington DC’s National Cathedral. So it was no surprise when in 2006, at age fifty, he moved to New York City for good…Fort Wayne’s loss, the big apple’s gain. That was five years ago.

“Because I’ve lived alone and on my own for so many years,” Shafer says, New York City was like a friend, I never felt alone I never felt lonely.”

When the recession hit though Shafer came back to Fort Wayne. It was to be a temporary return but…he met a woman, fell in love..and now the lifelong bachelor finds himself the bonus dad of three half grown kids.

“I used to cook dinner for myself which I enjoyed,” Shafer says, “now I cook for five and I love it. And ironically I’m living six houses from where I grew up.”

Shafer’s still working; he just completed this beautiful piece, a classical mythological figure designed for an urban garden. You can see it this Saturday at his open house. And he’s turned the corner of his studio he once lived in into a gallery since he goes home to his family now at the end of each day. So things couldn’t have turned out better, for Shafer, for his new-found family..and for us, who now get to keep a prized favorite son, close to home. Eric Olson out in Your Country.

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