Stone Mad Paperback
Illustrated by William Harrington
Think of stonecarving in Ireland and it won't be long before the name Seamus Murphy comes to mind.
In one of the oldest traditions in the world, Seamus carved his own niche to become one of the most respected sculptor's in his field.
Stone Mad is an account of his days as an apprentice where he learned to work the stone and discovered that there is no regularity in nature.
With hammer, mallet and chisel he shaped and fashioned rough boulders under the guidance of the master stonecarvers.
Their unique voices emanate from the pages as Seamus allows the men to tell their own stories by using the language of the 'stonies'.
A symbiotic relationship exists between the stonecarver and his chosen material.
The full artistic potential of a piece of stone is realised by the stonecarver who can respect his material and take a suggestion from it.
A good carver will learn to speak kindly to the stone.
Seamus spent seven years romancing the stone and Stone Mad documents his years of joy and struggle.
His artistic feeling for quality responded to his workmates' reverence for the 'well made thing'.
The result is a book of surpassing beauty, full of warmth, humour and profound perception.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: The Collins Press
- Publication Date: 30/04/2005
- Category: Carvings: artworks
- ISBN: 9781903464816