The larger quail gives the smaller baby quail a lift on his back, helping the tired little bird back home.
A new style from Royal, the idea of stacking birds upwards gives his work a new lease of life and lends them a charm and comedic effect that is very appealing.
Royal made his name internationally with his lovely sculptures of quails. He achieves the stippling effect for the feathers using a chasing hammer, which has little teeth, and striking the stone with perfect precision over and over, almost like sculpture pointillism.
The contrasting finish of the eyes and beaks is achieved by sanding the stone smooth and then applying clear wax.
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.