Sunday Brunch closeup of frog.
Talc comes in what some of us older carvers refer to as lava and ceramic talk. In Sunday Bunch the frog is lava talc which is opaque and the bass is ceramic talc. It Has a very high talc content and it is translucent. You can see some lamps I have created with the ceramic talc for the lite shade.
Sunday Brunch full view
This piece was created in 1989 and is a big and fragile piece. One of the dangers of carving fins too thin they are easily broken. This piece has been repaired by the carver. Size is W 16" x D 12" x H 14". This multicolored piece had a rare piece of brown Montana talc.
sunday brunch close
Because the talc companies need to break up the stone so it can be ground to powder. Explosions are some times used. The explosion leaves concussion marks in the stone. You can see it in this piece. It is solid enough that you can't feel the marks. After all it did stand up to the carving process which can be pretty rough. I think the marks on this piece look like scales.