Carving A Backflow Incense Cone Holder In Maltese Limestone
Here you can see the stone with the initial idea of the face sketched on to it. The idea was to accentuate the features, particularly the mouth.
With the face sketched on, the initial features are roughed out with a half inch claw and mallet.
Further roughing out, and the development of the mouth.
The development of the mouth. The mouth was cut upwards to create shadow.
The facial features were refined, and the eyes and nose given definition.
At this point it was decided that a tongue was needed to create some interest to the mouth. Referencing the previous picture, the tongue was created by carving into the bottom lip.
The eyes are now finished and other features further refined.
Here you can see the hole that was drilled into the top of the stone for the cone to sit. The smaller hole is just the result of the pilot drill for the hole cutter; the slightly larger hole is for smoke from the cone to pass down.
This is the hole as seen from the mouth
Here is the finished carving, ready for it’s journey home. Thank you to George from Scotland for sharing it’s creation.