Black Jade Raven – Steps

raven black jade

This was another design that took me a long time to get right. I wanted to carve a bird that had some perspective in that one wing looked further away from the viewer by being smaller.

The stone I chose to match the raven was a really tight grained black jade from Wyoming USA. It had a light brown feathery texture in the part close to the jades rind (outside) The carving followed my process of a sketch to stone block to silver marking to carving and looping marking/carving until finished.

I polished the eyes and feet to make them stand out and gave the underside a constant matte finish. It is one of my favorite bird carvings I’ve made.