Soft Stone Carving

Soft Stone Carving

This is typically a full 2-day class to complete one project.  Usually held on a Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00 pm each day. Cost is a per class fee. 

Student Supplies: 

  • Minimum 1.5” x 2” square rock slab, ¼” to 3/8” thick, preferably marble or other soft stone. 
  • Diamond coated burs 40-80 grit usually in sets of 30 bits of various shapes.  Single burs can be usually purchased for about $1 each from various sources. 
  • Diamond coated cutting wheels for Dremel or other rotary tools.  Various sizes are a plus. 
  • Diamond polishing paste 5 grams/syringe.  Grits 325, 600, 1200, 3000, and 14000 work well.  Lubricant a plus but not essential. 
  • Mounted firm bristle brushes, enough to match your polishing grits. 
  • Dust mask, dust filter. 

Rio Grande and Amazon have everything above but the slab.  There isn’t a local store that carries all of the items although you can find a lot of them at Harbor Freight. 


  • Electric (not battery powered) rotary tool, handheld at minimum but a hanging unit like Foredom with a flex shaft is best, with collets to fit the bur shaft, wrench, hanging post or other way to keep the motor from moving. 
  • Fine sharpie type pen. 
  • Rock scribe or other implement to draw on rock slab. 
  • Tape 
  • Fine point scissors to cut out the pattern. 
  • Magnifying optivisor or other head gear. 
  • Towel or mat to work on. 


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