This process will take time and judgment. After selecting stones for several sculptures
you will know how your selections have made your carving easier or more difficult.
Always wet the rock pile. This allows you to see the colors of the stones and their flaws.
All rocks are subject to small imperfection. You will want to know where those are before
you commit yourself to carving. Using a hardened steel hammer, tap the stone to hear if
it rings. If it is dull in tone there is a crack or a color seam that is causing that sound.
Try to remove the damaged area and check it again. Make sure you have enough rock for your sculpture.