The St. Louis Cardinals will open
their 2006 season in a new, state-of-the -art stadium adorned by these custom
stones. WISHSTONE's artist & stone carver, Gabe Drueke, created each of
eleven unique designs then produced cast stone replicas for the stadium's
Gabe Drueke is WISHSTONE's
exclusive artist & stone carver. Gabe produces original hand-carved designs
into stone then replicates each item into cast stone or finished resin. These
products are marketed by WISHSTONE to residential & commercial construction
as well as specialty retail outlets.
"One of the unique things about
Gabe is he's an artist first off and then he moved into stone carving," says
brother and Co-owner Steve Drueke. "He started playing around and making molds
of some of his artwork, and once he did that a light bulb really went off for
Combining Gabe's works of masonry
art with Steve's tenacious marketing skills, WISHSTONE took the prize of being
the exclusive source for the stadium's decorative stone medallions.
"I don't think anyone really took
the initiative," explains Steve. "It was a small design aspect of the stadium
that Gabe and I caught on some preliminary
elevation drawings. We noticed
there were blocked-out spaces on the Cardinal stadium. Gabe called
me immediately and said that he wanted to be involved."
Gabe & WISHSTONE set
themselves apart from their competition by offering cost effective replicas of
original hand-carved works of art. WISHSTONE's work includes decorative
installations for clients such as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources,
Suwanee Public Library and the St. Louis Cardinals as well as many other
residential and public commissions.
WISHSTONE was awarded the contract for
providing decorative, hand-carved stone medallions adorning the new $400-million
Cardinals ballpark in St. Louis. WISHSTONE's artist and stone carver Gabe Drueke
actually hand carved 14 original designs into Indiana Limestone. Once the originals were completed, molds were
made and approximately 85+ cast stone
replicas are being used for accenting the exterior brick work of the stadium.
Officially licensed and endorsed by Major
League Baseball, WISHSTONE
manufacturing collectors-edition resin Cardinal plaques as part of a
series of 13 replicas pulled from the same mold as the 85+ cast-stone medallions adorning the new Busch
Stadium. The original medallions can be seen gracing the entrances, towers, and
field level walls behind home plate.
Now Cardinal fans can have the
same medallions gracing their homes and offices.
With prices ranging from as
little as $45.00 for a baseball or STL
logo, to $150.00 for a "Bird on a Bat". There is something in everyone's price
range, to have and enjoy, as a part of their personal St. Louis Cardinals
In eight years of running the
Birdhouse, "the Home of the St. Louis Cardinals fans", I have only endorsed or
given my seal of approval to two products or companies and WISHSTONE
is one of them. Check them out
today, order yours online, and tell
them Ray Mileur and the Birdhouse sent you, I'd appreciate