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Working in a material formed by nature is an adventure as well as a challenge.

Once the chisel gets through to the grain or the core of the material, lines and shapes become visible that lead the way in the evolution to the final shape.

Stone has its own challenges.

Working in granite (upper left) requires strength, stamina and patience, but the rewards are tremendous and the work will survive centuries, if given the chance.

Working in steatite, also called soap-stone, (the other illustrations) is quite the opposite: applying too much physical strength will almost certainly destroy the work. One has to proceed by carefully chosen small changes and be able to predict where the faults in the stone will cause it to break. But the material is smooth and soft to the touch.







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