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This rhino was sculpted from a single piece of serpentine stone, in Zimbabwe, by Denford Kambiri. The sculpture is first shaped, using a combination of chisels, rasps (files), and sometimes a grinder. At that point, the stone is just a greyish/whitish color. Once shaped, the sculpture will still be rough because of the rasp’s rough teeth, so the next stage is sanding to get the texture smooth. In this case, only the horns, ears, and toes would be sanded. Each grit of sandpaper, from the roughest to the finest, is used until the stone is super smooth. As for the textured, rough skin, a saw blade is used, scraping in different angles to create such a realistic looking skin. When the sculpture is all shaped, it is still a greyish/whitish color. The piece is then washed, heated with a fire, or blow torch, and then, when hot, the floor wax is applied, usually with a brush. Since the stone is hot, the wax melts into the stone, and then when it cools down, the polished area is buffed out with a cloth, bringing it to a shine.
Because each piece is created by hand, and the coloration in each stone is different, the sculpture you are looking at is exactly the one you will receive. Please keep in mind that because these are natural stones, there are always flaws and imperfections. We have taken the clearest photos possible to show everything, but we believe that is also the beauty of these sculptures, that they were not produced in a factory, but rather by actual people, using natural stones quarried in the hills and mountains of Zimbabwe.