Manta rays sculpted from Black Galaxy granite

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Project by savannah505 posted 05-25-2009 06:52 AM 2676 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 05-25-2009 07:15 AM

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 05-25-2009 07:24 AM

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 05-25-2009 07:54 AM

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

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 10:24 AM


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

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#5 posted 05-25-2009 03:00 PM

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 05-25-2009 03:19 PM

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 05-25-2009 04:13 PM

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 05-25-2009 06:57 PM

Wow!!! Dan this beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 05-25-2009 07:00 PM

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 05-25-2009 07:57 PM

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 05-25-2009 08:18 PM

Awesome, love the manta rays

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 05-27-2009 01:23 AM

Very cool project Dan.

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

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#13 posted 05-27-2009 03:44 AM

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 05-27-2009 08:16 PM

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 05-27-2009 10:41 PM

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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