The initial stone weighed about 20 kilos and this is what it looked like after just a couple of hours of work.
What first attracted me to that particular stone was the patterns and surface on what became the back of the bird.
One of the great things about alabaster is his translucency, so even though I was not able to polish the stone in natural daylight (as would have been advisable), I still enjoyed the process of doing so with artificial light as it was so impressive.
These photos and a few more can be found in the march 2011 issue of Jez Riley French’s always interesting Tristesse Engraved emagazine (page 40 onwards)
They were also shown as part of Michael H Shamberg’s ‘Turtle salon’ exhibition at Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre / Galerie Ivana de Gavardie in Paris in February 2011.