A few years ago, a customer said that she wanted a stone bowl for her garden, and I held out a fossil shell called a 'Devil's Toe Nail' - about 3 inches long - and I said, "How about this, in Portland stone, about 3 feet long?" She asked what it would look like, and I pointed to the fossil which was still in my hand. "It will look exactly like this", I said. And so it did.
The original piece of stone weighed not far short of a quarter of a ton, but when I finished the sculpture, I could (just) pick it up myself. I am a beefy sort of chap.
Suffice it to say that this carving is an example of what I mean by 'not leaving your mark', and - in contrast to to the shell sculptures made by Peter Randall-Page (no slight intended) - it is a very good example of how not to leave your mark, when modeling from nature. The thing itself is enough, it needs no embellishment.
So this post is an advert for anyone who might want something similar. Not so much blowing my own trumpet, rather giving credit where credit is due - to whatever created the 80 million year old bi-valve in the first place.
Free estimates given, no job too large or too small, etc. etc.