|Hand Carved Animals
|Item # CARB071177501
Hand Carved Calcite Bear from Peru
Carving stone into sculpture is an activity older than civilization itself. Prehistoric sculptures were usually human
forms, such as the Venus of Willendorf and the faceless statues of the Cycladic cultures of ancient Greece. Later
cultures devised animal, human-animal and abstract forms in stone. The earliest cultures used abrasive
techniques, and modern technology employs pneumatic hammers and other devices. But for most of human
history, sculptors used hammer and chisel as the basic tools for carving stone.
The process begins with the selection of a stone for carving. Some artists use the stone itself as inspiration; the
Renaissance artist Michelangelo claimed that his job was to free the human form trapped inside the block. Other
artists begin with a form already in mind and find a stone to complement their vision. The sculptor may begin by
forming a model in clay or wax, sketching the form of the statue on paper or drawing a general outline of the
statue on the stone itself.
When s/he is ready to carve, the artist usually begins by knocking off large portions of unwanted stone. This is the
"roughing out" stage of the sculpting process. For this task s/he may select a point chisel, which is a long, hefty
piece of steel with a point at one end and a broad striking surface at the other. A pitching tool may also be used
at this early stage; which is a wedge-shaped chisel with a broad, flat edge. The pitching tool is useful for splitting
the stone and removing large, unwanted chunks. Those two chisels are used in combination with a lump hammer.
Power cutters and grinders are also used today.
Once the general shape of the statue has been determined, the sculptor uses other tools to refine the figure. A
toothed chisel or claw chisel has multiple gouging surfaces which create parallel lines in the stone. These tools
are generally used to add texture to the figure. An artist might mark out specific lines by using calipers to
measure an area of stone to be addressed, and marking the removal area with pencil, charcoal or chalk. The
stone carver generally uses a shallower stroke at this point in the process, usually in combination with a wooden
mallet. Power tools may also be used here such as dremel tools or grinders.
Eventually the sculptor has changed the stone from a rough block into the general shape of the finished statue.
Tools called rasps and rifflers are then used to enhance the shape into its final form. A rasp is a flat, steel tool
with a coarse surface. The sculptor uses broad, sweeping strokes to remove excess stone as small chips or
dust. A riffler is a smaller variation of the rasp, which can be used to create details such as folds of clothing or
locks of hair.
The final stage of the carving process is polishing. Sandpaper can be used as a first step in the polishing
process, or sand cloth. Emery, a stone that is harder and rougher than the sculpture media, is also used in the
finishing process. This abrading, or wearing away, brings out the color of the stone, reveals patterns in the
surface and adds a sheen. Tin and iron oxides are often used to give the stone a highly reflective exterior.
information from; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_carving
Calcite, red jasper, cowbone, onyx and glass were used to create a
calcite sculpture by Justina Dina Pacheco Churasi, from Ayacucho,
Peru. She carves the stone with a remarkable eye for detail, which
results in a vivid piece. Justina completes her work with red jasper for
the mouth and fashions the teeth from cowbone. She used black
onyx for the nose.
This Bear weighs 5.94 lbs (2695g)
and measures 7.3' tall x 5.7" long x 3.2" wide (18.6 x 14.7 x 8.2cm)
|Item # CART10118931
Hand Carved Picture Jasper Turtle from Brazil
|Item # CART10118812
Hand Carved Gemstone Aventurine Turtle
|Item # CART10118932
Hand Carved Gemstone Golden
Tiger Eye Turtle from Brazil
|Excellent detail in this special hand carved turtle. The shell is carved from
a solid piece of aventurine and is set on an undetermined type of black
finished stone base which has excellent detail including 2 color eyes
installed in the head. This turtle has been in our personal collection for
This turtle weighs 0.24 lb or 3.9oz (111g) and measures 3.06 x 1.89 x 1.10
inches (77.9 x 48.2 x 28mm)
|Excellent detail in this special hand carved turtle. The shell is carved
from a solid piece of beautiful golden tiger eye and is set on an
undetermined type of black finished stone base which has excellent
detail including 2 color eyes installed in the head. This turtle has
been in our personal collection for many years.
This turtle weighs 0.24 lb or 3.8oz (109g)
and measures 3.08 x 1.90 x 1.10 inches (78.2 x 48.5 x 28mm)
|Very nice detail in this special hand
carved turtle. The turtle is carved
from a solid piece of picture Jasper.
Turtle weighs 0.05 lb or 0.84oz (25g)
and measures 1.71 x 1.03 x 0.695
inches (43.5 x 26.1 x 17.6mm)
|Item # CAROWL11168734
Hand Carved Jasper Owl from
Democratic Republic of the Congo
|Excellent detail in this special hand carved Owl. The Jasper was
hand tap carved with a tapper hammer and a pick to produce the
beautiful textures on the light color front and back. The burgundy
Jasper eyes, nose, stomach and feathers were hand cut and
polished. Excellent texture differences on this beautiful self standing
owl. This has been in our personal collection for many years.
This owl weighs 41.6 oz or 2.6 lb (1179g)
and measures 8 x 3.8 x 1.9 inches (20.3 x 9.6 x 4.8cm)