In the summer of 1988, I took a stone carving class – the instructor let us choose a piece of alabaster from a group of rough pieces, then instructed us on chiseling and filing. This is the piece I carved over the course of four weekends, without any preplanning, as is evidenced by the less-than-ideal anatomical details. 😛 As you can also see, I never finished it – and as a friend who lives on the west coast has it, I doubt I’ll ever get to. 🙂