There are a great many large stone sculptures to be admired in the world, but stone sculptures come in all sizes. Some of them, like carved stone scarabs, are small enough to fit easily into the palm of a hand. Other stone sculptures are so large they are carved into mountains, and a good example is Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. No matter what size they are, carving stones is an art that takes muscle as well as mind.

There are several thoughts on how to carve stone, and it depends upon the artist and the work they are trying to create. There is one school of thought that the artist should simply begin carving the rock to see what comes out, and the other way of thinking is to plan what to carve first. By coming up with a plan, the artist can then select the rock that will make it easiest to create their piece.

Stone Art

Avoiding the Creation of Ruins

One of the most difficult aspects of carving any material is the possibility of taking off too much, so stone...

Stone Art

Selecting a Stone

Many artists are given a commission to create a stone carving, but they are usually given a choice of materials...

Stone Art

Carving with Power

Many of the hardest stones cannot be carved by hand unless the artist has an unlimited time to create their...

Stone Art

Engraving and Etching Stones

There are many times when a stone sculpture is not really necessary, but a monument of engraved or etched stone...