Steady hands and an eye for detail. Those are the two basics of doing art repairs .
Some how people find me to do repairs to soapstone carvings. I am not sure how actually. Although it is posted on my website, soapstone repair is not in a directory anywhere.
The need for repairs come about for many reasons; there has been a party, a move, or a missing piece that bothers them. I enjoy trying to get the carving as close to original as I can and make it so the client can’t find the repair.
Some notes I do tell anyone that has a soapstone piece that is nicked, broken or anything else not just right.
Save the pieces! Even save the dust but, that is generally not possible.
Repairing stone art is not like going to the Doll Hospital or the Fountain Pen Hospital (yes there is such a thing). If even the smallest chunk is missing the piece will have to be worked with the way it is. No piece is too small to save. You might be surprised what can fit into the littlest crack and if the crack is left, your eye will go right to it.
For repair work I pack my patience and the smallest knives, bits of sand paper and then anything else that is needed. I have essentially built a soapstone repair kit over the years. Also, the light has to be good, and the work surface steady this is not something I would try in romantic lighting or at the kitchen table.
So far, all the operations to repair have been successful and I haven’t lost a patient yet.
The most intriguing repair might be a narwhal tusk which I am sure caused the neighbours to talk because it was at least 7 ft tall coming in my front door.
The tiniest repair and most delicate was a little soapstone piece (less than 4 inches high) that a grandchild had knocked over and needed to be gotten back to rights before the next visit.
I carve, therefore I am. But, I repair and therefore you can keep your art front and centre .
If you would like to see my finished work or contact me for a repair. Please visit my website at: http://www.johdanstoneart.com
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