In this post I will show you the phases of a pointed stone carving start to finish. Of course, I’m not showing all the tools I am using at each phase, but some things are just tricks of the trade and will remain a mystery… unless you want to come to Vermont and see for yourself!
The photo shows the initial cuts in the stone, and the first few points made from the original.
Here, I’ve cleared away a lot of the stone between points and started to go after some of the details.
At this point, I would say the piece is “roughed out”, and I am ready to start going after the details.
After roughing the piece out, I begin to become more systematic and go after sections of the face. I’ve started with the mouth, and I will move my way up the face, and then begin to push farther back to get some of the jaw line and the ears. For the finished piece, I would like to create an effect that the face has emerged out of a rough piece of stone, and leave marks from each phase.