My more formal training took place in Kathmandu, Nepal where I had the great fortune to study under a master carver from 1999-2002. Click here to learn more about my training in Nepal.
In learning to carve stone Buddhas, I was taught that the eyes are “opened” last and it is at this point that the statue comes alive. Likewise I find that while carving animals in stone imbues them with an ancient fossil-like quality on the one hand, once their eyes are “opened” they come to life with expressions of alert presence.
Currently I primarily carve slate, mostly quarried from New York and Vermont, as well as old roofing tiles salvaged from the same locations.
I have a gallery on Martha’s Vineyard.
Adrian Smith Stone Carving
172 Main St. Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: (781) 296 7823