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StoneCarver
08-13-2003, 10:29 AM
Hi,

I'm new to WC and thought I'd jump in. This is a piece I did for my Mother-in-Law. It's made from limestone and about 22" tall.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Aug-2003/25978-guardian_angel_01.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Aug-2003/25978-guardian_angel_02.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Aug-2003/25978-guardian_angel_03.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Aug-2003/25978-guardian_angel_04.jpg

Feedback (critiques) generously accepted :)

StoneCarver
08-13-2003, 10:30 AM
Mis-spelled the title. It should be -- "Guardian Angel"

brushstroked
08-13-2003, 10:54 AM
This is incredible. Did the holes already exist in this piece, or did you add them? How does limestone compare to carving other stones like granite or marble? Seems to me it would be more brittle and that details would be more difficult. I'm from Indiana, so I only ever see limestone carved into huge blocks on the corners of courthouses. ;)

I've always had a secret yearning to be a sculptor. I hope you'll share more of your work. Welcome!

StoneCarver
08-13-2003, 11:14 AM
Thanks for your great comments brushstroked,

Originally posted by brushstroked
Did the holes already exist in this piece, or did you add them? How does limestone compare to carving other stones like granite or marble? Seems to me it would be more brittle and that details would be more difficult.

I added the holes, though the limestone I use often has small cavities that I try to work into the piece. I've tried to carve granite before and it is really, really hard -- you have to use power tools. I've never tried marble but I hear it's fun to work with. I can get quite a bit of detail in my work and I don't think it's that brittle -- I guess it all depends on how your standing when your working -- :D :D.

This piece has a little more detail, though I haven't been able to get a good pic yet:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Aug-2003/25978-Changing_Views.jpg

I have heard that Indiana has great limestone and someday I'm going to try some :)

brushstroked
08-13-2003, 11:31 AM
I like this other piece you've posted too. It seems primitive...almost Incan. Limestone has such wonderful and surprising coloration, doesn't it? It also seems to retain a rich texture, even when it appears to be smooth.

Yes...Indiana has great limestone. I live atop limestone caves... but sadly, they're too small to go spelunking in. When I get home from work, I'll post a photo of a natural limestone arch in my "backyard."

Thanks again for sharing!

Tamana
08-13-2003, 04:39 PM
Welcome to the basement!! New blood is just pouring in here!! It's great!! :) Inspriation - iron sharpens iron.

How lovely. I love limestone carvings. I have a friend in New Zealand who carves them. He makes gorgeous things -- some quite large, i.e. - castle etc. I'll try to find the photos of them.

Your presentation is excellent. The chosen background colors enhance rather than detract from the piece. Great eye: looks professional to say the least, especially on that fourth photo of the guardian with that descending line. Ummmummum.