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stone carving – my set up

February 4th, 2010 at 20:07

I recently turned my home office into a studio-workshop. From here I blog, write, paint, smoulder wood, play music. I have one long desk made from an old piece of beech kitchen countertop. One corner is reserved for my laptop and screen the rest is littered with various projects. A good bit of space really to do anything without tidying up first correction, I still have to tidy up every time I start. Surprisingly enough one of my cats still wants to sit on -everything as well. I just put down a cushion in front of the radiator to persuade him to stay down there.

A good few people have asked me, what tool I use to do my stone carvings, so I thought I’d post a couple of pictures. I use a very low price, basic rotary tool (starter kit) which comes with a load of bits (most of which I have not used, yet!! One of the photos below shows the main bits I use).

At the moment I’m contemplating buying another rotary tool, mine is showing serious signs of wear and tear, I think stone carving is as heavy duty as it gets, so you might want to think about how much stone carving you want to do and whether spending a small fortune is justified. There are some good medium price range sets available. When you buy the tool as a kit or in a set it tends to come with a decent selection of bits.

The next one I’m getting will have a flexi-shaft (thanks Barb :-) ) and be a bit better. I like stone carving and won’t be giving it up any time soon. Make sure you invest in some masks, the dust is very fine and get’s into everything. I’ve started to use water while carving because then the dust doesn’t fly so much.

Looking at this mess, I think I might tidy up… tomorrow.
Oh, and the big white bucket in the middle of it is brand new modelling clay I found and promptly bought in one of our local shops today. Yay!

3 Responses to “stone carving – my set up”

  1. Kara aka Mother Henna Says:

    Hey Ines, have you heard of Molly Greist before:


    She lives on a neighboring island from us — and we got to meet her/see her presentation at a MISS Conference a few years ago. She discovered rock carving after her son Peter died. Just thought you might find a bit of a kindred there. She dreamy and lovely — just like you! :)

    Loooooooooooooooooooove having this insight to your creation station — feels like we got a private studio tour in this post!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


  2. forward tumble Says:

    It’s nice to have you all visit. I wish I could offer you some tea or home made apple cake.

    Thanks for that link, Kara. Her work looks wonderful.

    I’m glad you liked the touchstone I made for Dakota and you. Touchstones, everybody is different about art, the things we like, but for me, I like stones, pebbles. I like carrying one in my pocket and playing with it. It is strangely soothing and satisfying.

    I’m not sure if you can make out the little reiki infused doll pinned to the curtain just above my computer screen that came all the way from Vashon Island…

    Oh and I meant to say it in the post, for anybody who might be wondering about the big red ball, I don’t have a chair, I sit on the ball…

  3. Skytimes Says:

    Sweet! Thanks for showing us your art-room. I am always nosy to see where / how others work and create. It might be a name-issue but one day I want to do stone-carvings as well. I did some practice with coconut-wood (which seems equally hard) but theres still more to explore.

    Keep on crafting! xoxo

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