Kam writes –
These boulders are Hawaiian blue rock, a very dense & heavy stone. I find them in a small bay of my friends beach property. They have been tumbling around in the ocean for eons, tossed against each other by huge waves, smoothing & rounding them. I choose particular ones for their asthetic shape & lift them out with a crane. Most of them weigh several hundred pounds.
I bring them home & live with them for a few weeks looking @ patterns, texture & color changes on the surface. The stone seems to show me the starting lines & then the design progresses from there.
I take chalk & sketch on some rough lines & if I need to remove a lot of material, I’ll cut some grooves with a diamond bladed skill saw & bust out chunks with a small sledge & chisel. I use a diamond encrusted bronze wheel on a vertical grinder to rough out the basic design, then polish it with progressively finer grit wheels. I always leave some outer natural surface to give contrast to the design.
I like to carve a bowl in the top of most of my pieces to catch water. It represents an offering dish to float flowers (or let the birds drink)
The first boulder shown is called “Whale” topping the scales @ 350 pounds.
cre.ations.net – Creation: Stone Sculpture – Link.