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To see photos of raw stone, go to Other Stone Photo Gallery.  To see photos of fine art with these stones, go to Sculpture.  To see other finished items, go to Functional Art.

Other marbles and colored limestones

Chocolate Swirl Marble.  This marble has dark chocolate swirls in a cream to grey matrix. The chocolate at times has a reddish tint. It is relatively soft. Some gluing can be anticipated in the brown areas. 

Monet Yellow.   This marble has very soft and pastel colors:  gold, yellow, red, and pink.  The reds and pinks are distinct from the golds and reds, not blending to oranges.  Beautiful stone.  It is very soft and easily worked. 

Karheen Conglomerate.   This is a conglomerate composed of white, pink, and red marble and various other colored stones.  Visually exceptional, it makes excellent vessels and free forms.

Man-in-the-Moon Marble.  This richly colored stone is mottled orange with a green-black background.  No more will be available after this small lot is gone.  The road to the source has been permanently closed. 

Blood Marble.  “Oh my God, I cut my finger off”.  That’s what it looks like when you work this stone with water and see the blood color of the run-off.  This marble has swatches of bright hematite red, in a creamy white matrix.  Sometimes, there are also green shades.

Inner Light.  Very attractive stone.  A dark green marble with inclusions of brilliant orange calcite that glow when polished like hot coals. 

Alaskan Lace.  A marble conglomerate.  White circular pebbles bonded within a black matrix.  Popular with all who have worked it. New material available.

Alaskan Snow Marble.  Very white and very translucent.  Soft marble.  Easily worked.  Fractures may present problems.  Also, sometimes the stone can be too sugary.  When it’s good, it’s very very good, when it’s bad….

Pink Cholmondeley.  This can be the nicest pink marble.  Worldwide, pink marble is fairly common.  But, there are different shades of pink.  Most pink marble from elsewhere is quite dull compared to the Cholmondeley.  Some Cholmondeley is raspberry pink.  Some has green accents.  The best is fine grained and quite translucent.

Baby Seal.  Ever see a baby seal?  Looks like that.  Wispy grey/black spotting on a white background.  Some with browns too.  Very good for animal and fish figures.

Tangerine Marble.   A mottled orange and white.  Some stones have black spider-webbing.   Fairly large grain size, therefore, not good for detailed work.  Very attractive bowls, etc. 

Black Orca.   Gray-black to black.  Occasional white veinlets.  Hard for marble, similar to Belgian Black. 

Galactic Black.  Dark black with some white fossils.  Looks interstellar. 

Black Lightning.  White marble with black lightning bolts (veining) through it.  

Stonehenge Stone.   A dark brownish-black limestone that is very consistent in color and texture.   For those sculptors who want a neutral color and no patterning to compete with the human touch.  Big blocky shapes.  Reminds some of basalt, others of Stonehenge.   Has a light colored rind that most sculptors like to retain in their work.  

Tokeen Spiderweb.   A white marble with black spider-webbing, this marble is from the famous old Tokeen quarry, on Marble Island.  This marble was used in buildings all over the United States in the first part of the 20th century. 

Chatham.   A creamy-white marble with strong black bands.  A pink halo runs on both sides of the black bands.  Rare - too many brown bears at the location to get more. 


other stone

It Mine Calcite.  Brilliant orange, translucent, crystaline calcite mixed with apple green epidote and black hornblende.  Occasional red/brown andradite garnets and chunks of gold-colored chalcopyrite.  Difficult to work but makes unbelievable vessels.  Limited supply.

Piedmontite.  A rare, dark purple stone that makes beautiful small garden pools.   Sometimes with white streaking.  See garden pools under Garden Art.  Also look under Lapidary stone.

Fossil Coral.   Most of this stone goes to the lapidary artist.  See Fossils from Alaska  and Lapidary for paleontology and commentary.  It does, however, make very interesting sculpting stone.   It has been most used for figurative representations of fish, reptiles, and birds.   Special price for sculptors.      

Alaskan “Pipestone."   The color of this stone runs from brown-red to oxblood.  There is some swirling.  Although harder than the pipestone from Minnesota, it still can be be worked with hand tools.   Power better. 

Barite.   This is not a known carving stone because it has never before been found in a pure or almost pure state.  This almost pure Alaskan barite is often a blue white.  Some has gold colored flecks in it.  A little harder than alabaster, it can be worked with either hand or power tools.  Extremely heavy, barite makes great bases.  


To see raw stone, go to Other Stones Photo Gallery.  To see fine art with these stones, go to Sculpture.  To see other finished items, go to Functional Art.

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