Inclined to Stay


Stone Sculpture
by Dahrl Thomson

Carrara marble on Belgian Black Limestone
14″H, 21″W, 11″D

Another favorite subject that I love to carve is a bird. “Inclined to Stay” is a stylized bird carved from Italian Carrara marble, and set on a base of Belgian Black limestone. As the bird sits on an incline, hence the title. Each different kind of marble that I carve has its own character; Carrara marble is very finely grained. Because of that characteristic, it is able to “contain” sharp edges that are not possible in some other marbles. When well sanded, it almost has the feel of velvet.

One of the many things I love about stone-carving, is feeling the stone constantly with my hands. That makes me feel connected to the earth in some inexplicable way.


“Carving stone is my passion. I choose stone for its beauty, permanence, and its representation of eons of time, change, and travel. Every stone is a unique visual memory of the earth’s history,  and when combined with distinctive carving, it offers the collector a truly unparalleled work of art. Sometimes, I have stone originals reproduced in bronze or stainless steel, adding yet another dimension to the work.”

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