- Tim Buckner, an alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi
and owner of Frames and Panes in downtown Hattiesburg, has decided
to give something back to his alma mater.
His gift is
in the form of a stained-glass window he designed and placed in
the reception house at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
the work pro-bono as a thank you to the university for the education
and the good times I had at Southern Miss," said Buckner of
is a replica of the Friendship Oak located on The University of
Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus. The window is approximately
14 inches by 55 inches and has 177 separate pieces of cut glass.
The background is done entirely in gold and the tree is black with
textured glass to differentiate the leaves and limbs from the trunk
of the tree. "The pieces have a silhouette appeal, which was
a new technique I hadn't used before," said Buckner.
that his biggest challenge was the amount of space he had available
for the window. He said that designing a rendition of a 500-year-old
live oak tree into a 14-inch-by-55-inch space was not easy.
a technique called foreshortening to give the tree its three-dimensional
effect. "There is a great deal of detail involved in achieving
a three-dimensional look, with a one-dimensional medium using only
black glass as a focal point," he said. He said he was thrilled
with the outcome and plans to use this technique in the future.
the artist for creating and giving us this beautiful stained-glass
rendering of the famous 'Friendship Oak' that adorns our Gulf Park
campus," said Dr. Shelby Thames, president of The University
of Southern Mississippi. "The 'Friendship Oak' signifies a
proud history on the Gulf Coast with an even stronger future."
the Gulf Park campus, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Friendship
Oak is a 500-plus year old oak tree. The tree is loved by former
students of Gulf Park College, revered by tree lovers, held in fond
memory by those whose wedding ceremonies were conducted on the platform
within its long branches, and viewed by daily tourists.
replica such as the Friendship Oak comes naturally to Buckner. He
has had a great deal of experience working with glass and furniture.
His grandfathers on both sides were craftsmen. His mother's father
designed and built furniture for yachts. His father's father designed
furniture and built steeples for churches. Both built their own
lived in Mississippi for 13 years. His family moved to Brandon when
he was a sophomore in high school. He graduated from high school
in 1990 and moved to Hattiesburg in 1993.
He worked his
way through college by working at a local custom picture-framing
shop. He graduated from Southern Miss in 1998 with a degree in psychology.
Buckner saved enough money to fly to New Zealand, where he lived
for six months working on a diary farm and traveling.
When he returned
to the states, he began working at Sweet Water Studio.
At Sweet Water,
the owner focused on ecclesiastical work for Baptist and Methodist
churches and it was here where he learned the art of staining glass.
After two years at Sweet Water, Buckner and his wife, Holly, moved
to Washington, D.C., where he worked for an upscale studio in Elliot
that he combines the skills he learned at the two studios into his
work at his own business in downtown Hattiesburg.
his wife, who earned her undergraduate and master's degrees from
Southern Miss and is now the coordinator for international programs
at Southern Miss, have a great respect for the university.
are expecting a son in January. Buckner said, "We have made
Southern Miss our home and hope our son will be a future Golden