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Stone Shopping

On Wednesday 7th October, I went to Three Castles Quarry at Threecastles, Co. Kilkenny. It is approximately half way between Freshford and Kilkenny City. I went with a friend who is a well known and highly respected sculptor and she introduced me to the quarry manager and advised me on the best stone for carving.  We looked at the already cut blocks of stone to see if any were suitable.

There will be two parts to the scuplture, the main piece (the two joined/twinned cherries) and a separate smaller piece (the single cherry).  I estimated the measurements of a block for the larger piece would need to 1.8m x 1.3m x 1.2m and for the smaller 1.2m x 1.0m x 1.0m. We selected a number of possiblities to be priced.

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Three Castles Quarry – the main quarry face with large blocks of limestone being cut from the quarry face.

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The prosessing area where blocks are cut for paving slabs

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Cut blocks of limestone

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Possible block for the twin cherries

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Possibble block for single cherry

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More blocks!!

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