Carving a swimming Loon

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3.   The form on the left has been cut out on a bandsaw.

   One of the properties of soapstone, is that it will absorb the heat created by the friction of saw tooth on stone. The teeth will wear, but the blade will not burn up


4.  After marking the center line on the stone, cut with the hacksaw blade about 3/8 of an inch off each side of what will become the head. The corners of the body area are cut , in anticipation of creating an oval, or egg shape to the body.

The sides of the body can be cut on a slant with the hacksaw blade at this time.