New York's FOX5 News Profiles Columbia Community Scholar - Chris Pelletierri

April 19, 2019

Chris Pellettieri is on a mission to carve out a new generation of artistry. Forever set in stone. "Stone carving is an ancient tradition that goes back thousands of years, before the United States, before Christianity," Pellettieri said. "Methods and techniques that were built up over all those years." Pellettieri believes he is one of only a handful of trained stone carvers in New York. "Everyone knows what the product of the stone carving tradition is, but hardly anyone knows what the activity looks like or what goes into doing it," Pellettieri said.

He first learned the craft in the early 1990s during an apprenticeship at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, the neighborhood where he was born and bred. Now, inside a garage in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Pellettieri is leading his very own Stone Carvers' Academy. 

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