Patrick Imai – Stone Sculptor
“Covid-19 has meant the cancellation of all my artistic engagements: shows, workshops, mentoring, and association meetings, for the next few months. This means I can focus on stone carving. So, things haven’t changed too much.
As the self-isolation started, I undertook carving a piece of hard stone (8” x 8” x 14”, 91 lbs Brazilian Dura soapstone). I started cutting the stone with a hand saw then took to using my rotary shaft tool (Foredom) until I burned it out. I used hammer and chisel and rasps and files to shape the stone. Dura soapstone is a mix of hard and soft stone, so fine sanding results in a bumpy surface so I stopped sanding at wet 220. I finished with tung oil to highlight the bear.
I do miss the conversations of the weekly open studio carving at Barber Carving & Sculpture and the opportunity to meet and talk with people at other events.
Stay healthy and keep creating.”
You can see more of Patrick’s work at http://www.patrickimai.ca