Michigan Monument Company
This is a very deep statue like carving. The figure stands out from the surface of the monument. This done by hand held tools and works best with fine grain granite.
Here the artist actually sculptures the figure, or flower, in full round, like a statue. Modern day tools have reduced the cost of this artwork to now be affordable to many.
Whether you want something very simple, or a design reflecting the complexity of your loved one's personality, we can help. Artwork should of course complement the person the marker is for. If they were a very strong person something like an oak leaf design may be appropriate. Did the couple have a long and loving relationship?…perhaps a heart cradled in roses, with their marriage date on it, would be fitting. Perhaps they operated a local farm and wish a scene from their farm carved on the memorial; this would not be a problem. All you need to do is share with us your thoughts of what you want depicted on the memorial and we will help you create a custom design fitting for you.
This is the most common carving style. It means the object is two dimensional and has the polish frosted off with the "beadlines" of the image v-sunk into the granite. ( As shown above in the Christ and Mary carving).
The wild rose to the right is shape carved. Notice that the leaves and flower petals are contoured. Shape carving is primarily done on leaves, flowers, and other plant like images.
With these styles of carving the smallest detail normally used is about the diameter of a pencil. If you wish finer detail you should consider etching.
Other types of carving are: etching, bias relief, and full sculpturing