Introduction To Stone Carving Workshop

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Crealdé School of Art says
Introduction to Stone
Carving Workshop
with Richard Saunders

December 5 and 6, 12 and 13
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Back of Foundry

Registration deadline: November 6
Members $365, non-members $385
#WKP36, Fall II Session

This workshop is for the absolute beginner aspiring to carve stone – prior experience is neither necessary nor encouraged. The unexpected is discovered in carving stone: One doesn’t know the exact shape, color, markings or even subject until well into the effort. Each day will begin with a discussion covering the basics of stone, safety issues, the basic tools, the instructor’s biases, final polishing and work critique. Although no rigid rules of carving will be emphasized, the simple logic of carving technique with hand tools can be expected. Each student will be provided with a 20 pound-plus piece of alabaster with which they will begin their carving experience. Most participants cannot be expected to finish their work during this workshop, however, they will have learned the means toward that end.


Richard Saunders is a juried stone carver who found his art 12 years ago with mentor Elizabeth Kelsey (“Winkie”), of Hanover, New Hampshire. He is experienced with marble, alabaster, limestone and soapstone, and was awarded a prize in a major juried show at Ava Gallery, Lebanon, New Hampshire. He works with stone in the weight ranges of 50 to 150 pounds. Although he uses power devices, this introductory workshop will not involve such tools; their role in stone carving will be discussed.
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