A Stone Rose
carved from Soapstone
Years ago someone had given me an 8" cube
of Soapstone, suggesting that I try my
hand at stone-cutting. Over the years I chipped
away at the stone, and with much effort, and a
few bent or dulled tools, was finally able
to free a panel about 1" thick to work on.
From that 1" panel, I was barely able to cut this rose.
Stone is probably just the thing for some folks,
given the right tools and temperament, but I
personally found the stone very hard to work
with and very unpredicable in it's qualities.
Although I suppose it comes with experience.
I found that I could't read stone the way
I can wood, and plus it's much harder !
I still have 4/5's of the chunk of soapstone
though, and so, being generally unwilling to waste
materials, I suppose someday I'll make
another go of it.
For now though, this is my sole stone carving.