Arts of Alaska
Raw Stone for Sculptors
Fine Art - Sculpture
Crystals from Alaska
Lapidary Stone and Products
and Gift Items
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|Stone Arts of Alaska has been selling raw
stone to sculptors since 1995.
Click on the links
below to learn more about our stone and to see photos of available
raw material. Click on Sculpture, Functional Art, and Garden
Art to see finished examples of each stone. Click on Price
List to see prices and availability.
A note on all Alaskan stone.
All the stone sold by Stone Arts of Alaska comes from the coastal area
of southeast Alaska. This area offers such a rich variety of
beautiful stone because so many different geologic terranes have
“docked’ onto the North American plate here. These different terranes
carried completely different kinds of rocks. Additionally, the heat
and pressure resulting from the collisions of tectonic plates often infused
rich colors and exotic patterns into the stone.
for the sculptor, there is another
side - all this pushing and shoving of geologic plates caused considerable fracturing. In most instances, the
ancient cracks are
"healed"- that is, they were solidly filled in, and glued, by
minerals deposited over time
by water passing through them. Now, as attractive white, pink, yellow, gold,
or brown "stylolites," they add another beautiful patterning to the
stone. When "healed," the stone retains full integrity. If
unhealed (do the fractures retain water?), the sculptor should anticipate
using a thin penetrating glue. Because of the possibility of
unseen fractures, Alaskan stone should
always be ground, not hammered or chipped.