by Everett Olson
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)
I live in Baton Rouge Louisiana USA now but am from England. It was there that I went to night school and did a stone carving class at the Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, really enjoyed it, bought some chisels and have been carving on and off for about 10 years now. The stone is Texas Limestone, bought from a landscape stone supplier (the only place I can get stone locally).
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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.