Stone Carving: Part One
Making the Tools
Limestone blocks recycled from the Michigan Union have inspired a unique Art and Design class for the Winter 2011 semester. Under the guidance of Professor Michael Rodemer, the six students in this course are learning the stone carving process, from making clay models and forging their own tools to the techniques of carving and finishing limestone sculpture. The class, a unique opportunity for both philanthropy and learning, is intended to teach students more than just the techniques of stone carving: proceeds from the sale of the sculptures created will be used to give financial support to A&D students.
This post is by Sean Watts, a student in the Stone Carving class.
This week we learned to forge stone carving tools out of steel. Each student was tasked with making a set of tools for themselves.
The process required intense heat and the students forged their tools with hammers and anvils.
The tools had to be made into specific shapes to fulfill different purposes.
The process took several hours and each one of the five tools was tempered. The students were given the chance to polish their tools to their liking.
The next step was to finish up the clay models, and then transfer the outlines to the stone. Students could begin to carve once they had a final design.