Stone Carvings Gallery

in september 2003, i began stone carving, inspired and guided by an email friend from canada. i first carved soapstone. this is the softest stone on earth, and can be carved with any tool, like knifes, files, or even only with your fingernails… later i carved harder stones like calcite, lapislazuli, jade, carneol, and then mainly agates, which are quartzes and some of which i carved have gem quality. these hard stones i carved with a foredom flexible shaft machine with tiny diamond burrs, tiny diamond saws and pastes on selfmade wooden burrs and wheels. so, carving stones is grinding stone to the desired shapes, not cutting like in wood.

i want show here some of old works of mine in this stone carving gallery, showing the work in chronological ordering, the first done in september 2003, the last in november 2006. on with the show … (and, as always in my posts, pease click images to enlarge)

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Howard Lobb
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 07:53:43

    Hello Doris ,,, These are wonderful I love that you have such an eye for proportion and design and an open mind to the possibilities in other materials, this is a quality in my opinion very rewarding to every one. You do have an artists mind (capable of thinking from both sides of the brain). Using you curiosity and exploring taking chances and enjoying the challenge of new ideas inspirations with the same determination to high standards of skill and craftmanship… Good for you and as a result good for us all… H

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    • dorisfiebig
      Oct 09, 2009 @ 08:34:54

      hello howard , yes, it is the curiosity that always drives me. i love to explore everything, ,,as soon i see something new i want try it… i did a lot of crafts already, but carving, in particular wood, has additionally struck a cord in me… thank you howard, for your nice words.

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  2. Howard Lobb
    Jan 13, 2010 @ 20:14:01

    Hey Mark
    Could you please get in touch with me at redbeardsart@hotmail.com

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  3. Jon McElwain
    Mar 25, 2010 @ 18:14:21

    Hello,

    The hedgehog is wonderful! The face is detailed and as you stated, it comes to life. The thing I like the most is that it was a stone that you found on the ground. I have a piece of jade that I have been trying to work into a rim for a turned bowl. I bought an inexpensive set of diamond carving burs, but the diamond was so thin that it wore through before the jade was cut. Anyway, I was hoping for some advice on tools, paste etc. to get me going without having to buy tools with the trial and error method! Any help or direction to resources is appreciated.

    Saw a post of yours on Sawmill Creek.

    Jon

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    • dorisfiebig
      Mar 25, 2010 @ 18:27:33

      hello jon, thank you for your kind words… yes, jade is very tough and tough on the tools too. for the jade i worked, i worked with relatively inexpensive diamond burrs too. and, i worked with selfmade tools, wooden wheels or tools made from bamboo skewers, always fit into a flexible shaft machine (i had a foredom). i loaded those wooden tools with diamond paste. the grit varying, depending on what i wanted do. i got my dimond pastes from lopacki, and i liked them. i found that for jade it is even more importatnt to use lots of water while cutting, for jade is sensible to heat and the water helps pushing the cutting diamonds around. at least, this was my impresssion.

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  4. home decor
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 11:47:48

    We have also been using soapstone to carve home decor items. Soapstone is not only soft and easy to carve but since it’s impenetrable its beauty will last for generations.

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    • dorisfiebig
      Aug 25, 2010 @ 21:53:24

      hello, yes, soap stone is very versatile, i know about its nice features wrt temperature. saw the nice candle holders on your site… thanks for commenting

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