I have two questions, for anyone who can contribute.
I am in the US, and am interested in making mostly smaller sculptures (under 1 foot/25cm or so). Of the online sites in or near the US that sell stone, I have noticed that the ones that had the most interesting varieties haven't been updated in a pretty long time, several years now for a couple of them. One has, but only to the extent that it no longer shows the variety of smaller pieces that it did several years ago. Has anyone bought anything from these places recently and is it still business as usual? I am somewhat hesitant to mention them by name as it may be that they are just occupied with other more important things.
The second question is about a piece of marble I have. I bought some stone that was building salvage some years ago to try sculpting with. In that lot was one piece of a marble that has a heavily crystallized, swirled grain. It is quite unlike the other pieces that I bought, and I have not seen any stone online that is much like it either. It is rather hard compared to the other kinds that I have, but I love the way the texture looks. I am curious if there is a particular name for this kind of stone, or where something similar could be bought.