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