Tower Talks from Washington National Cathedral
A Conversation with Chris Budny, Docent and Artist

A Conversation with Chris Budny, Docent and Artist

June 23, 2020

Hello, and welcome back to Tower Talks. This episode of Tower Talks is going to be a little different. If you are part of the Cathedral community, then you have likely heard about the recent changes the Cathedral has had to undertake due to the on-going challenges brought forth by COVID-19. Dean Randy penned a letter explaining the path forward, which can be found here for you to read: https://cathedral.org/press-room/dean-hollerith-covid-19-closures-mean-changes-for-the-cathedral/

Unfortunately, given these circumstances, this will be the last episode of Tower Talks for the time being. No matter what happens in the future, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for listening in to these conversations and for supporting this project that we’ve put so much love into. It has been an absolute joy to bring this podcast to life and to share it with you these past few months.

We could not imagine a more wonderful guest for this episode than Chris Budny, a long-time docent at the Cathedral with a deep love for architecture, building arts and photography. We spoke with Chris about his path towards the Cathedral, what he loves about the building, and the ways in which the Cathedral has challenged him both as a docent and as an artist in the last two decades. Chris is a genuinely kind, funny guy who clearly loves the Cathedral, and we hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we enjoyed talking to him.

Building the Cathedral with Patrick Plunkett

Building the Cathedral with Patrick Plunkett

June 17, 2020

In this week's episode of Tower Talks, we're talking to Patrick Plunkett, one of the stone carvers who quite literally helped build the Cathedral. Patrick joined the carving crew at the Cathedral in 1975 and stayed there until its completion in 1990, working on some of the Cathedral’s most prominent architectural features under the supervision of master carvers Roger Morigi and his successor, Vincent Palumbo. The stories he has to tell are equal parts fascinating, hilarious and personal, and it was truly a pleasure to get to speak to him. We hope you enjoy this week's episode of Tower Talks!

Sculptor and Artist Jay Hall Carpenter

Sculptor and Artist Jay Hall Carpenter

June 9, 2020

Welcome to this week's episode of Tower Talks! In today’s episode, we’re talking to Jay Hall Carpenter – a sculptor and artist who has contributed a great number of gargoyles, grotesques and other sculptures to the Cathedral, though as I learned from talking to him, that exact number is up for debate. You probably know his most well-known contribution, the Darth Vader grotesque, but his work can be found throughout the Cathedral and all around the DC and Maryland area! Jay is also our first artist to be featured on the podcast, so we were particularly thrilled to connect with him for a conversation. Please enjoy this week's episode of Tower Talks!

Docent and Congregation Member Dora Currea

Docent and Congregation Member Dora Currea

June 3, 2020

Hello, and welcome back to Tower Talks! This week, we're talking to Dora Currea - a docent and active member of the Cathedral's congregation. While Dora is one of our newer docents, her love of history, architecture and religious studies shines through in everything she does - and she certainly knows her stuff! We loved talking to her about her love for the Cathedral, both the physical space and the community it serves and represents. Speaking of serving the community - please join us for our upcoming Pack the Truck food and baby items drive on June 10th and 11th, 2020! We've partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank and the Emergency Child Care Initiative to distribute these items to folks who need them. For more information visit https://cathedral.org/event/food-drive-3/2020-06-10/. Thank you!