Joe Gray Gilford NH www.graystonemasonry.com

by Joseph Gray
(Gilford NH USA)

I have been doing stonework for thirty years, and have been sculpting stones as a hobby for the past ten. I have always given my carvings away to friends and family. I had my first exhibit last fall, very exciting. I have recently been commissioned to do a carving of two seals sunning themselves on a natural rock. The clients let me choose the theme, based on a favorite stuffed animal of their grandson. The mom will be of nh gray granite, and the baby will be of a much darker stone. I am inspired by Rodin, Modigliani, and life. Carving stone helps me through stressful times.

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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.