Montoya Stone Carving

Montoya Sculpture & Supply has been serving stone carvers and sculptors since 1973. We stock Italian and domestic hand and power tools for stone carving along with tons and tons of soapstone, alabaster, wonderstone, marble and limestone. Located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Please visit my website for tools and supplies.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ask Sgt. Rock

This is a new topic which comes form our nearly monthly eNewsletter. It helps address questions regarding stone sculpture and stone carving. Be sure and write me if you have any questions you would like me to address.

A reader asked.
“I have heard people say not to date your sculptures. Why is that?”

SGT. ROCK answers:
I have heard this said also. Some people do not date their work because they believe that a potential client or purchaser will be dissuaded from the purchase if it has; say a date of August 2003. They may wonder “well why hasn’t this work sold already” or “is there something wrong with it that I have not seen” or they might try to bargain a better deal figuring that the artist has had it a few years and may be willing to do better so that they don’t have to lug it round anymore. I always recommend dating the work. You do not have to engrave it on a bronze plate on the base, or on the bottom of the base. You could scratch it into an inconspicuous place near the base of the sculpture. I recommend dating it for several reasons. First of all if you turn out to be a sculptor of some standing and recognition a date will help place your work within the body of all your works. Secondly I like to think that long after we are gone perhaps some of our sculptures will remain within out family and a name and date on the work will help insure its significance to future generations. Think of it this way. What, in all of your possessions, do you have that your great grand parents owned, or better yet, that they made? I envision two or three generation after I am gone those who come after me that I will never know may one day be cleaning out there attic, basement or just moving and they will come onto one of my sculptures and be ready to throw it out and there on the bottom they will be able to read my name and a date. And they might say, "Hey didn't great grandpa Halverson make that sculpture." And that date alone may save the work from being given away or thrown out.

Some other hints. If you decide not to have a brass plate engraved at a trophy shop, consider a diamond engraver which works very well on marble and alabaster. Practice first to get a feel for the noise, vibration and feel of the tool.