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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The original block of stone weighed over twelve tons and looked extremely intimidating sitting alone and uncut next to the other carvers blocks from the quarry. I spent a full week roughing the block out, this process removed around 2 tons of stone.
The second step was to rough the sculpture in while it was still standing. Using stone wedges, a diamond blade saw and a hand point chisel and hammer it started to take shape.

I finished as much as I could while the stone was standing. After laying the carving down, I had a better angle to work with. It was time to smooth the flat surfaces that were to be polished. This was done with a hand held air hammer and a water grinder with diamond tips.
Getting the mass away from the heads to give them a round appearance was done with diamond blade saws and wedges. Then using a torch I scaled the remaining stone off smoothing the surface to a consistent texture. After this was done on both sides, it was time to upright the stone again.
Now with the sculpture shaped, I put the consistent texture over the rest of the required areas with a bushing hammer and then began to smooth the heads for polishing.

The polishing was done with synthetic diamonds on a hand held grinder. This is a nine step process which gives the stone a mirror-like finish. 

The sculpture was now ready to be shipped. My part was finished, except for the worry of damage in shipping and the placement. It was quite a job getting this piece to its resting place at the garden, but it has finally found its home.


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