Stone Carving: Part Two

Start Chiseling!

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 Courtney Harring, a student in the Stone Carving class.


Many of us are in the finishing stages or finished with our clay models and we are ready to start chiseling.


But before we can begin we needed to do a little mapping out on the stone with chalk and charcoal.

Strapping on our stylish safety glasses, we are ready to get dusty! The first blow of the chisel is both exhilarating and nerve wracking all at the same time, and boy does the dust fly.

After the first initial hit, we are able to experiment with each of our handmade tools. We are also able to get a better feel for the material.

I think it's safe to say that we all have a much better appreciation for Michelangelo now!


This is awesome! I recently graduated from the School of Art & Design and am totally jealous that you guys made your own tools! I can't wait to see the results! Where and when are they being sold?

Posted by Allison Sturm on February 18, 2011





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