I've been looking into stone carving/sculpting as a hobby and have been told that soapstone is a good way to start. I've heard that you can use wood rasps to shape the stone. Does anyone have experience with this, or maybe a suggestion on where I can find some starter tools? Thanks!
try buying a dremel tool and they usually have all the accessories to cut,carve sand,route etc. [link removed]
Soapstone or a chunk of alabaster would be a terrific place to begin. We used a rasp, and then sandpaper, and finally noxon to bring up the shine (an old sock with the noxon while you watch TV works great!) I took an introductory class and our work was not meant to be detailed, I suspect the dremel might be the way to go if you were looking for more detail.
Well I just ordered a set of wood rasps today. I put it off for a long time, but decided to go that route. I'm not looking for detail, more of a meditative exercise and I think that the sound of the dremel would interfere with that. I'll look into noxon. I've never heard of it. Also what grain of sandpaper would you recommend? Thanks!
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