This block of Calcite was sent to me via the mail by someone I've never met before. It is from a quarry in Utah.
The sender was searching for a non-traditional sculptor to have a "crack" at this beautiful stone coming out of the ground. As you can imagine, the traditional tools such as a chisel or even files and rasps could easily cause the stone to fracture. After a lot of experimenting, and many mishaps, the stone revealed a stable and sturdy object. If you've ever had a chance to work with this type of stone, you might understand that making anything out of it, is a bit of an accomplishment. In a way, the diamond drill bits from the O.R. have made another small victory. Thanks, Tony.