Before I get into this any further, I want to make perfectly clear that this post isn’t some sort of sponsored advertisement or anything. I stumbled upon Stadium Graph when the product’s proprietor, Jacob Heberlie, favorited one of my tweets. I checked his profile and saw that he was “creator of Ballpark Diamonds: hand assembled relief sculptures of your favorite stadium.” Well, color me intrigued.
I checked out the website and found this:
WE MAKE HOME FEEL MORE LIKE HOME FIELD.
Stadium Graph officially launched on opening day of 2015. We wanted to give fans a way to take those memories from the ballpark and keep them close. We started with infographic prints, and later with the help of Kickstarter launched the Ballpark Diamonds product.
Who’s Managing this Thing?
Hi there. I’m Jacob. My wife and I run the show from top to bottom around here and we take enormous pride and care with each piece we assemble and ship to you. I have design background and she’s a recently retired kindergarten teacher. We enjoy nerdy stadium things like; rally caps, “the wave”, section slow claps. Trips to the ballpark are a little more rare for us these days but definitely just as magical when we get to take the whole family.
It’s our hope that these products live up to the excitement, drama, and special moments you’ve experienced at the ballpark.
I’ve got mad respect for people who are able to create art with their hands, whether it be with paint, musical instruments, or various other forms of media. I’ve done a little woodworking myself, blessed as I am with a grandfather who’s been crafting various items for nearly eight decades. These ballpark reliefs, however, are a bit of a step up from anything I ever thought of putting together.
According to the site, “each piece is laser cut from from a single grain of solid cherry into 3 tiers. The black walnut frame and stadium are then hand assembled and arrive ready to hang.” The details in the Wrigley Field diamond include the ivy, scoreboard, and clock, the kind of touches that really make this feel like something more than a mass-produced trinket. And it really is more than that, as it appears Jacob and his wife are hand-assembling each diamond.
There are currently 10 different ballparks available, though I’m not sure whether the Heberlies have plans to add more in the future. I really enjoyed taking some time to review some of the more iconic models just to take in the ways in which those parks were displayed. Maybe it’s my past, but there’s just something about that natural wood grain that really speaks to me. I was also impressed to find that the price for each piece was only $79 (plus shipping, of course).
Again, I’ve got nothing to gain from touting these diamonds, or the really sweet infographic prints (sadly, no Wrigley) that started this project. I just found them online and thought a couple of you out there might think they were just as cool as I did.