Turning a found rock into a worked stone takes Intent and Craft. Intention combined with craft is the will and drive to bring an idea/concept to take form in one of Nature’s most durable material by using the knowledge and tools of the stone carver. Class begins with: identifying participant’s goals, choosing an appropriate stone and begin making stone chips as fast as possible. After stone choice – we start with traditional tools (pins and feathers/wedges) to split the stone, hand pitches, tracers, chippers and point for rough shaping.
Over course of the week we move onto electric grinders with diamond blades, pneumatic hammers with carbide tipped chisels and a variety of abrasives to continue refining and shaping the stone towards its final form. Along the way, we will be discussing the stone removal process, various ways of achieving a result, whether process marks could/should be left as a mark of the maker or if form takes precedent. As a small side detour, there will be a quick tool making demonstration, gilding and using sandblast as a texture/aging tool. There will be a variety of stones to work with: Danby marble, Fairhaven slate and Indiana limestone among others. All levels of skill are encouraged – just bring: ideas, small maquettes and/or sketches and, of course, enthusiasm.