Here’s What’s Been Going on at Digital Stone
Early in the Summer, I chose three stones to work on; Travertine, White Marble and Black Fossil. The Black Fossil is the smallest of all three stones, and my primer for the larger stones. I’ve gained a new respect for stone carving the process is amazing, unlike any other I have known.
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 compliment their vision.
The process begins with the selection of a stone for carving.
Drawing on a one-dimensional profile to make preliminary cuts:
Once the general shape of the statue has been determined, the edges are cut by machine. The sculptor uses other tools to refine the figure; I used a grinder to soften the edges of the form.
The sanding process eliminates gouges and enhancse the subtler gestures. Eventually the stone progresses from a rough block, into the general shape of the finished form.
The sanding process continues by using increasingly finer sandpaper, from #60- #1000 to remove all of the large scratches left by the previous sandpapers. This abrading, brings out the color of the stone, reveals patterns in the surface , and adds a sheen. I still have to polish the form with a thin coating of butcher’s wax.
Next up is the white marble form, then the travertine!