The Scuptors Studio-Artist: Grant Crawford-"Rocking Baby Elephant"

by Grant Crawford
(Grand Forks, B.C., Canada)

Rocking Baby Elephant

Rocking Baby Elephant

"Rocking Baby Elephant" happened when a piece of alabaster I was working on began to rebel. I had been thinking of a couple of doves nestled together, but the 'doves' would not nestle. I thought of Renoir who espoused a philosophy of being like a cork floating in a stream, allowing the current to take you where it would. When I quit struggling with the stone, the 'doves' wings turned out to be the elephant's ears! The rest followed. The little elephant just seemed to pop out of the stone. So, I gave up the struggle, and the elephant won! Yours, Grant Crawford

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Wooden Mallet

I recommend using a wooden mallet for carving Oamaru stone.

Chisel Set

Woodworking chisels are perfectly fine for carving with Oamaru stone. 

Masonary Sealer 

This is the best sealer that I could find on Amazon that I would consider to be suitible for Oamaru Stone 

Course Sandpaper

Ryobi Engraver

Fine Sandpaper


Scissor Lift Trolly

Mobile Tool Box

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.