Manta rays sculpted from Black Galaxy granite

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Manta rays sculpted from Black Galaxy granite with Golden Ambrosia granite base. This granite is a little more stable than my other “ray” sculpture I just posted, but still I sweated doing the thin tail and the wing tips, especially baby, I was holding him in my hand grinding and polishing him at times. Kept expecting him to take flight on me via the grinder express. I bored holes in the bottom of these with a diamond bit, and put in threaded inserts to mount them to rods I placed in the base. Then coral trimmed to fit underneath to help hide the rods. I mounted the coral by boring 16th in holes in the bottoms with a diamond bit, and then used trimmed to length finish nails with epoxy and of course same procedure in making holes in base. I really liked the sweeping motion of the wings on these, especially the front adult, with both tips in the upward position, the trailing adult is in a turn, so one tip is down and the other up, much like a plane would fly through the air, just as nature does it’s thing, with how the rays “fly” through the water. This like the other piece I posted took about 40 hours to complete, and is also for sale. I may be sending these to Key West for an art gallery.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 1922 days ago

This is awesome! I really envy those that can carve such a dense medium, or anything for that matter!

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#2 posted 1922 days ago

Very nice! You managed to get the elegant sweep of their wings in your carvings. They really are interesting creatures. I saw two adolescent rays playing in the shallows of the Ala Wai Golf course and they were swirling around playfully chasing each other. I also witnessed a GIANT ray emerge from the pea green waters of a boat landing at the Honolulu Tower. I was at a party and looked over the rail and suddenly the entire boat landing was filled with the form of a Giant black ray that came to look at the party goers. I was the only one who saw him/her, as it submerged just as quickly as it emerged. I wasn’t even drinking! Honest!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 1922 days ago

Unique carving ,grainite has to be hard to carve. Looks great.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1922 days ago


-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#5 posted 1922 days ago

Love the Manta Rays, and your sculpture is a beautiful rendition. Very cool…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 1922 days ago

fantastic job. Really nice look. and seeing how you live in Fla. it probably goes well with your decor.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#7 posted 1922 days ago

Wow ! Dan this outstanding ! I knew it would turn out great , you shouldn’t have any problem selling this .

Great job!!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 1921 days ago

Wow!!! Dan this beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 1921 days ago

That has to be hard to carve or grind. Nice job. Really beautiful pieces.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 1921 days ago

Oh these pictures are great. Awesome! This is so cool. I just love it, but you knew that huh? LOL!!!
I am glad you posted here, wonderful!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#11 posted 1921 days ago

Awesome, love the manta rays

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 1920 days ago

Very cool project Dan.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 1920 days ago

Very nice job,those rays, simply glide, assumingly effortlessly, just above the bottom of the ocean sands! Amazing, that you can make stone so life like. Congratulations, again Sir, for a very beautiful piece of Art work. Take care my friend.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#14 posted 1919 days ago

It’s so easy to visualize that they are in the ocean swimming; once again great work.

-- I will not preach, nor will I be silent.

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#15 posted 1919 days ago

Incredible sculpting.These Rays look like they are moving,the way you have each displayed.Very nice.And I know how hard granite is to work with.Our business does slab granite countertops everyday,but I never tire of it,each piece is unique.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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