Origin: Yosemite National Park region of California
Description: A rare volcanic glass that formed under water. This is a unique source and supplies are limited of this stone.
Origin: Marble, Colorado
Description: Nearly pure white marble prized for its carvability. Well know monuments made from Co. marble are the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C.
Origin: Pikes Peak region of Colorado
Description: Very dense macritic limestone. Can be considered a type of marble. Shows details of the carving well and some stones have a wood-like grain in the striations.
*Black Pearl Steatite*
Origin: Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
Description: A harder soapstone. Colors range from dark gray to deep green to black depending on finish and stone variety. Some white marbling does occur. This is a historic stone not only tracing its roots back to the corner stones of Independence Hall in Philadelphia but also to the Native American tribes of the Appalachian region. Prized it for its carvability, the Shawnee and Cherokee used the stone for pipe bowls and ornamentation.
This was the stone that inspired John Kessler to begin sculpting.
Origin: Capulin Volcano National Monument, Des Moines, New Mexico
Description: The newest of John’s sculpting mediums. These sculptures are created from a mixture of magnesium phosphate (20%) and basalt lava (80%). They are then carved by the same process and with the same tools as natural stone. Then acid patinas are applied to achieve a variety of colors and tones. The result is a stone sculpture which is lighter and more durable than natural stone.