About Jude Fritts
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Jude Fritts is a woodcarving artist with twenty six years of experience working in
a wide variety of styles and woods. Jude's custom carving includes carved doors and panels,
wall art, carved ornament, and sculpture. Jude has designed and carved large scale pipe shade
carvings for organs built by Paul Fritts & Company Organ Builders, Charles M. Ruggles Pipe Organs,
Rosales Pipe Organ Services and Schlicker Organ Co. She is currently working on carvings for
the new pipe organ at St. Philip Presbyterian Church
in Houston, TX, which will be delivered in January 2010.
Jude has created designs ranging from renaissance to contemporary and has worked in oak,
Douglas fir, cherry, Honduran mahogany, western red cedar and basswood. Individual works
vary in size from 5 to 65 panels totaling 12 to 250 square feet of carving. Carvings
for an organ typically take a year to complete. Large organs, like
The Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ for Pacific Lutheran University, have taken more than
two years. Small organs may require only three months.
Featured Pipe Shade Carvings by Jude Fritts for Pipe Organs at:
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, 1998
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1991
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2004
St. Marks Cathedral, Seattle, WA, 2003