Welcome to Carruth Studio

The classic and lighthearted sculptures of George Carruth and his team of artisans are treasured by collectors around the world. For over 35 years, Carruth Studio has helped individuals express their love and friendship on occasions that are best remembered with a special piece of art.

Company History

1980 Deborah Carruth recognizes the beauty and mass appeal of stone carvings her husband, George, creates in his spare time while he was employed as a sculptor for American Greetings. George leaves his full-time position to exhibit and sell his one of a kind garden stones at shows across the country.
1983 Carruth Studio is established.
1985 David Kays Garden & Gift Catalog buyer encourages George to cast his designs making Carruth’s art available to many at a modest price. The catalog cover features Carruth Studio’s first casting, the Cat Birdbath (still available today).

1995 Media attention brings high profile commissions such as the White House Christmas tree ornament and several pieces for the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

1996 Garden Smiles by Carruth opens in Waterville Ohio. The garden gift shop offers the entire line of Carruth products and work of other artists.

2001 PBS produces a documentary of George Carruth’s career titled:

2008 Along with his daughter, Libby, George publishes their third childrens book, If I were a Dinosaur.

2018 George Carruth is invited by world famous, Tony Packo’s Restaurant to sign a hot dog bun, an honorary tradition that began in 1972. George joins a long list of celebrities including United States presidents, actors, athletes, musicians and astronauts who have been asked to sign a bun for display at the restaurant locations.

2019 Tony Packo’s Restaurants commissions Carruth Studio to create the Packo’s Pickle help promote the brand and their line of food products.

2020 Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier commissions Carruth Studio to create the marker for the Never Forget Garden initiative in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.

2021 Garden Smiles store is relocated next to Carruth Studio on Farnsworth Road. Renamed Carruth Gift & Gallery, the new store utilizes the space where George’s stone carving studio used to reside.