Even if you only have one piece of stone to use you still have a few questions to consider before beginning to carve your design. Questions like the following:
Once you have more than one piece of stone, you need to ask yourself a few more questions before you decide which to use:
You have to decide what the answers are to all of these questions!
There is a lot to be said for trial and error though – you learn from making mistakes.
Not all stone can be cut in any direction: I suppose everyone has cut a slab and it has broken because they were cutting across the planes of weakness/fractures in the rock? You hopefully won’t do that again!
So answer the questions, plan your piece and get to it!
On this page I intend to add monthly updates on aspects of jade carving. I also plan to invite more experienced carvers to offer a "master-class" on a particular subject of their choice. With this I hope to enthuse both the novice and the expert in this ancient and beautiful art-form/craft. And comments are welcome!