|Lawrence first pictures the animal he wants to carve in his mind, and
then searches for 'the perfect stone' that has the right shape
and colour from the exotic collection of stones that he
has in 'stock'.
After he has found the perfect stone, the base is cut flat.
The bodily outline is chalked onto the stone, and carving
The overall shape and contour of the animal is initially
carved, and then the animals limbs are chalked onto the stone,
and defined by cutting. The piece is constantly turned and
adjusted as the cuts become deeper.
Rough Stone - Before Carving
Coqui Tree Frog - After Carving
basic shape has been cut, detailing begins.
A small chisel and hammer are used to remove the waste
The large waste areas between the limbs, body and tail are
removed by chiseling the stone. Then the smaller areas of
waste are removed from between the toes, and undercuts are
made around the head and body.
The finer detailing is done with diamond bits and cutters, and
hand files are used to add small detailing and definition.
Because natural stone has inconsistencies, an accurate
representation of the animal, and finish can only be achieved
by working the stone by hand, and eye.
The carved creature is finally finished by sanding, working
through from course to fine abrasives. The carving is buffed
with a polishing compound, and then wax is applied.
The perimeter is scratched or roughened with files, or burrs
to define the boundaries of the animal, and final waxing is
applied to the creature to achieve a lustrous finish, and a beautiful
contrast between life and stone.