HOW IS IT DONE?
First and foremost, combining the knowledge and information of Native
Americans with archaeologists in field work studies has given me advan-
tages for visiting and photographing sites.
The eastern slates and Arizona sandstone are first purchased from local landscape
companies in larger sheets. They are split and broken up then shaped to fill a par-
ticular need for a specific image. For the following descriptions see the photo line
up below. Using files I transfer the image on to the stone simply by scratching the
outline of the image. Proceeding with a high-speed flexible shaft, I grind the image
in deeper. A void or separation has been created against the natural layering with
in the stone which allows me to chisel away the layers surrounding the image. The
bulk of the material is removed with this method; however, this leaves the back-
ground uneven and distorted. Depending on the detail of the image I proceed with
several different engravers to blend in the background so a nice contrast unfolds.
Sandblasting is only used to remove mistakes and to perform an overall blending of
the carved image. The result is a style called pictograph or raised image form.
For display, direct natural sunlight is best but a good halogen spot light angled in a
darkened room really brings out a nice shadow effect. Candles work great too!!
A willow charcoal and red ochre chalk are used for the sandstone images. These
stones are then sealed with an acrylic. Slate has a natural oil and a simple vege-
table oil is used as a finish.
A wall mount is then introduced by predrilling and bolting with an epoxy designed
for concrete as an insurance. With over 3000 works to date there has never been
a problem with the wall mount including outdoor works.
There is little or no care involved. You may display my works outdoors. Many end
up in gardens, on decks, in gazebos, or entrance ways.
Newspaper Rock, UT
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