New Beginning

by Dean Miller
(Orewa, Auckland, N.Z)

We went to the quarry in Oamaru on our honeymoon (how romantic) I really wanted to try carving out so I picked the biggest block I could carry and also fit into our camper van.
It took a while to complete as I was unsure on how to do anything.
The carving is a representation of myself and my wife and our first child. I found out I was going to be a father part way through the sculpting and I incorperated that into the final piece.

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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.