by Darren Gosling
(Palmerston North,New Zealand)
Carving since 2002 I have slowly developed my skills in Oamaru stone sculpture. I am self taught and have attended two stone symposiums on Wellington's waterfront in 2009 and 2011.I am presently studying for my Diploma in Art and Creativity. Constantly working on designs keeps fresh ideas flowing. I love incorporating the Koru in most of my works but not exclusively. I love to share what knowledge I can. I have been a tutor in sculpture at two local organisations in Palmerston North.
A quote of mine is: 'My art is for sale, not my spirit'. Meaning, the physical sculpture is for sale and the spirit is a gift that is given at no extra cost.
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I recommend using a wooden mallet for carving Oamaru stone.
Woodworking chisels are perfectly fine for carving with Oamaru stone.
This is the best sealer that I could find on Amazon that I would consider to be suitible for Oamaru Stone
Scissor Lift Trolly
Mobile Tool Box
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.
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
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
Crosscut Hand Saw
This type of crosscut hand saw is my recommendation for cutting Oamaru stone
A very handy saw. Mosty used for sawing after a hole after it has been drilled into the stone.