How long does a sculpture usally take to create?

The time it take me to finish a sculpture varies depending on the size and how much rock I have to remove. On average, a large piece can take up to a year. Between 8 to 14 months is a close approximation.

Can a sculpture be shipped to my home?

I have shipped a piece to New Zealand recently, and it arrived safe and sound - so yes I will ship them anywhere in the world.

What is the average price of a sculpture?

When I purchase the stone I will pay up to $2.00 a pound, so depending on the weight of the stone that be the initial price. Then the cost of a new saw, ( at least one per sculpture ) sand paper, and hacksaw blades; can run up to $300.00 per piece. That is the monetary out lay without the cost of labour. I don't calculate the hours I am putting into the piece when I am working as I get lost in the art of it.

Can a sculpture be customized or made specific for me?

Yes and no. I will try to accomodate special requests but must first listen to the rock itself before deciding anything. I have created custom commisioned pieces in the past with a bit of negotiation and the ability to say no but yes I do entertain the idea.

What is your favourite type of rock to sculpt with?

My favorite stone to work with unitll now has always been Pyrophyllite. (Alluminum Silicate Hydroxide). It is medium-hard stone and finishes clean. It will hold a sharp edge and sands to a very high gloss. I am working some Marble now and that may change my opinion, but we will have to wait and see for that.

When do you know what the sculpture will turn out to be?

I look at stone for a while, I feel its shape, the inner vibration, and one day we decide what is inside. I look for its center and how the stone emerges from its core. Sometimes this happens right away and other times it can take over a year.

How do you select the type of stone to use for your sculptures?

Actually the rock selects me. When I buy stone, I look through a warehouse and pick the rock I feel an affinity for and the stone that has meaning to me at that time. The size and shape of the stone also come into play, however if I like the feel and vibration of a stone that is the one that I purchase.