March 14, 2010
What are Babe Ruth and bears doing on Broadway in Walnut Creek?
I was walking south along North Broadway the other day—on my way to blond up my hair a little at Changes Salon, if you must know.
Like a lot of us with all-consuming hobbies, Jacobson has a day job. As the "Jacobson" in Taylor and Jacobson Inc., he designs and makes custom jewelry: diamond rings and special-occasion pendants. Taylor and Jacobson has been doing the custom-design jewelry work for 20 years. (Pictured above is Kent Jacobson in his jewelry design business, with one of his bear sculptures.)
On the side, and as much as possible, the Moraga resident produces wildlife sculpture and paintings. His love of fly fishing has taken him all over the lower 48 states, Alaska and Canada. He specializes in sculpture bears and large cats, cast out of bronze, stone, or granite. Some of his animals are life-sized and in motion. He also loves to sculpt busts of animals, because he can focus more on the details of the animal’s face--to give it character. He says it’s his way of “honoring the animal.”
You can find many of his wildlife sculptures displayed at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, and UC Berkeley possesses a nine-foot-tall walking bear that he made of cast stone. He also paints brightly colored images of bears, fish, and other wildlife.