Sunday, October 19, 2008

Kentucky River Marble leaf

Tomorrow, I will return to carving a sculpture in Alabama Marble. In the meantime, I was able to sneak some time into creating a leaf from a piece of Kentucky River Marble.
This stone has a strange pattern to it. It's been nicknamed "copperhead rock" and also "hieroglyphic". It's a dolomitic limestone that is geologically called the Oregon shelf. It comes from the palisades of the Kentucky River - thence its most common name "Kentucky River Marble".
The functional sculpture is 19"long by 7" high by 8" wide and weighs around 30 lbs. I have made several small sculptures in this type of stone over the years, but this is getting close to the end of my supply. I don't foresee being able to get any more, as the mine is flooded.

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