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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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.