HOW TO SHAPE A HEART

Into your heart

of fine grained

red desert sandstone

using a claw chisel

a pointed chisel

and a flat chisel

I carved a Temple.

When I was young

I chiseled hearts of soapstone

They are plentiful and easy to shape.

Once I carved an orange alabaster heart.

It was malleable

and durable

and for a while it held my attention.

When choosing a heart

or a stone

choose big sturdy ones.

Check for fissures and cracks

Then with a soft hammer

and flat chisel

begin to change  the heart

into a more aesthetically pleasing one.

File the rough edges to a more pleasing shape.

Running your hands

along the edges until it’s smooth.

Keep the grain

running the length of the design

so it maintains

some of its natural strength

Use care as hearts can shatter.

Into your heart of fine grained

red desert sandstone

I carved a Temple

so you will love me.

Kathy Keogh

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