This bird resists the early morning chill by sitting with its feathers all fluffed up.
This piece is one of Royal’s personal favourites. He said he greatly enjoyed experimenting with an interesting new finish, and felt that the end result was very pleasing.
The surface of the sculpture was smoothed roughly with a rasp, and then individual feathers picked out freehand with a chisel.
By sanding the stone smooth and then applying clear wax, he creates the contrasting shiny black finish of the eyes and beaks.
Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is dense and durable, with small grains, and rarely has any imperfections, making it a superb sculpture medium. In its raw form, the stone is a pale matt charcoal grey.