In truth I haven't done that much carving in stone. But I love it. Right now I don't have the space for it but I hope that will change. In the meantime, I rented a place in Paxos, Greece and the caretaker said I could help myself all of the stone I wanted since they had just taken down a stone wall. It wasn't the best stone for carving (brittle) but it was fun anyway and the pile of rocks gave me some ideas for using several stones in one piece.