Ed Salerno is a professional stone carver and artist from Olympia, WA.
He began his apprenticeship in 2015 studying alongside Tenino’s master stone cutter Keith Phillips. He learned to cut and shape the local sandstone with both traditional and modern tools and began creating artwork rooted in the traditions of the craft. His work is influenced by many traditional aspects of stone carving including classical architecture, letter carving, Celtic and other ancient design techniques. He also explores figurative and abstract sculpture.
In 2016 he traveled to New York City to study with professional sculptor and St. John’s Cathedral mason Chris Pellettieri. Returning to Tenino in 2017 he helped establish Tenino Stone Carvers, an artist collective whose mission is to carry on the traditions of stone carving in Tenino for future generations. He maintains a workshop, showroom and classroom called the Shed in downtown Tenino where visitors can see and even try for themselves the art of carving stone.
He is the recipient of the 2018 Washington Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program Grant which helps young students learn traditional and culturally significant art forms. He also teaches stone carving to kids in K-12 schools. He is a graduate of Enterprise for Equity, a small business entrepreneurship program in Olympia, WA and is active in the Pacific Northwest sculpture community.
His work ranges from signs for local homes and businesses, decorative tombstones, fine art sculpture, water features, stone lanterns, letter carvings, and more.