First we decide on what you want to carve. For beginners simple shapes such as hearts, arrowheads , dinosaur teeth , shark teeth elephants dogs cats simple shapes with initials are great for first time carvers. Once we know what we’re carving we pick out a stone that best fits the shape the participant is after creating. Then either I or the participant will draw on the Stone outlining the design. We then clamp the stone securely in my custom made carving station. I then give a few beginning instructions and let the participant loose on the stone with my steel stone files. Instructions are given until we achieve the discussed Idea. After we have achieved the rought out shape we dive into polishing. Starting at a rough 120-180 grit wet sand paper we make the last finishing touches on your creation. Then we use 400 grit and your stone suddenly turns into a smooth glass like surface. At this point you can continue on polishing once you know what you have to do or if time is still available in the lesson. You may creat another stone creation. You can continue the polishing at home as I give small squares of 600-1000 grit sandpaper. Last option available is wire wrapping your creation to make a wearable necklace. This description is based on a one on one or small group carving session. In large groups 10-30 stone designs are determined on group prices.
Intro to stone sculpture! Create a one of a kind keepsake with your own two hands! No one else in the world dose what I do! Take a beautiful colored pre-cut piece of Utah alabaster and create a simple shape, animal, Talisman, keepsake, trinket, anything you want. After I’ve guided you through roughing out your stone we polish it to a glassy smooth finish. All materials are provided. I am portable and can accommodate small groups, one on one and or large groups of 10 , 20 or 30. I learned marble stone carving while living in Italy! Small chunks of bigger statues I carved into things like hearts and years later came up with this method of carving stone on a smaller scale. Ages 6 and up. Great for birthdays, team building and a night with old friends and family. Small group lessons available at my studio by Main Street! (1-5)
Utah alabaster of many different hardnesses, shapes and colors. Carving stations to securely hold your stone. Special tools…
I am very portable. Large groups need to be in a predetermined place with tables I can set up on. My set up is harmless and leaves no marks or trace. A phone call or email to the group size will determine what will work for you. My studio by Main Street is only available for smaller groups from 1-6 participants. Some parking is available (2 cars). I have a few rental rooms for an extra fee in town and in Kimball Junction upon request.
Even if you think you do not have an artistic bone in your body you CAN carve stone. A sawing like back-and-forth motion is all you need to be able to carve stone. I have the expertise and knowledge to guide you step-by-step in creating what your keepsake.
Intro to hand stone carving keepsakes