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Jun 15, 2011
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Stone from Zimbabwe
by: Anonymous

opal stone comes from Zimbabwe and it's given by the Zimbabwean miners who dig it out from the mountain in open-cast mining. So it's not the precious stone used for jewellery but a name they use in Zimbabwe (and elsewhere) for this green stone which comes, like in this case, with yellow markings or sometimes with orange markings or sometimes with bright green/yellow splotches. And it's soft to work with - an added advantage. Glad you like it.

Jun 14, 2011
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Fountain Centre?
by: TheSculptorsStudio

Very beautiful, would look nice in the centre of a fountain, or with water running over it. Grant

Jun 14, 2011
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Absolutely stunning
by: Darren Gosling

Hi. Wonderful, wonderful. An exquisite piece of sculpture. can you tell me what opal stone is please?

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Shaugns Recommended Stone Carving Tools

Although the tools below are sold through Amazon. They are the same as the stone carving tools that I personally recommend to my students for carving with Oamaru stone.


Poratable Workbench

These benches are height adjustable which makes them perfect for stone carving. I own the Ryobi workbench and love it, but unfortunatlly it is only sold through Amazon's UK store for people that are wanting to buy it online.



Stanley: Surform Shaver

This is a must-have tool for shaping large areas of Oamaru stone


Riffler Files

These are smaller files that are designed for the parts of your sculpture that are difficult to get at. They are also an essential set of tools



Builders Pencils


Crosscut Hand Saw

This type of crosscut  hand saw is my recommendation for cutting Oamaru stone


Keyhole Handsaw

A very handy saw. Mosty used for sawing after a hole after it has been drilled into the stone.