Bordiglio Marble is a Beautiful Stone, But Difficult to Carve / by Mike McCarthy


I started carving a nude in Bordiglio marble, an Italian marble, the first time I have carved this stone. I don't know if it is all of the Bordiglio, but at least this particular piece has such strong bedding planes, that the stone is actually fragile. With this work that I am carving on now, the goal is to get it very thin and delicate. I have lost one piece of it already and have a section that feels a little iffy. So, the stone typically tells you which way it wants to go, this one maybe dictate a little stronger than most. Even with that challenge, the stone is so pretty, that it is well worth the struggle.