As light as a feather


Feather carved in stone

Sometimes when I’m unsure about how a carving will look, or indeed whether I can achieve the result I would like, I have little practice runs.

In this case I’ve had a trial run carving a feather – I wanted it to look light, and floating – not a quill sort of feather, but a soft, downy, delicate one.  The stone the final feather will be carved into is quite grainy and course, so my practice stone is from the same quarry (getting intricate detail is more easily achieved with a fine grained stone – the finer the better really).

feather relief carved in stone

The feather will be relief carved onto the stone and I’m so glad I practiced, the first effort went a bit awry, so I kept turning the stone until all sides were ‘feathered’.  I will feel much more confident now to carve the actual stone in-situ.





  1. Comment by Ellen Abbott:

    I love it! I wish I didn’t live across the pond because I would love to have a piece of your work.

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      Thanks Ellen – we mustn’t let a pond stop us! Let me know the next piece you fall in love with and I’ll see how much it would be to ship – thanks again, your comments are lovely and much appreciated!

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