Holly Young on the Big Island just sent these photos of the finished wax of the silpi breaking the raw stone. As you know, they cut a line in the rock, then drive a set of sharp chisels deeper and deeper into the line until the stone breaks away, with amazing accuracy. Holly has captured our silpi at the moment of thrust, and he will hit the chisel with a force that could break his hand, but with such attentive accuracy that such things never happen. The second slide is Holly's sketch when she began the piece. There will be two silpis on this stone, one on each end. The second silpi is using smoothing chisels, which are like sandpaper, slowly making the rock smoother and smoother.
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