Bigboy Chakadizoza

This beautiful sculpture was carved by Bigboy Chakadizoza in Zimbabwe. This sculpture he called “Spirited” has been carved from the hard Springstone found at a quarry near the rural town of Mvurwi, about an hour from the capital Harare.Bigboy sculpted out of a workshop in a suburb of Harare called Mbare. He works in hard stones like Springstone, Opalstone, Verdite ect.The amount of work that is behind each sculpture is a story in itself but I have added photos of thequarry and the procedure we follow. The sculpture is on the Sunshine Coast Queensland and can be delivered free of charge locally. Outside this area will need a freight cost to be established by Pack and Send.

Undoubtable the most popular stone for sculpting, it is hard, durable and will polish well. The best quality is found at a vein near the rural town of Mvurwi. The dark part of the stone is more of a speckled charcoal and can be found with the brown discolouration with yellow quartz lines running through. These added features will add to the character of the sculpture and can make for a very interesting appearance. Springstone is a very hard serpentine, with high iron content and very fine grain that polishes to an amazing black lustrous finish.

A regular feature if this black stone is a layer of chrome ore running through the sculpture. This vein of ore is extremely hard and during the polishing of the sculpture the softer stone adjacent to the vein wears away faster than the chrome vein leaving the vein standing out proud. A further feature of Springstone is it may be covered with a thick layer of reddish brown material. This is the oxidization of the iron in the stone. Many of the artists use this additional feature of the stone to give a sculpture a two tone effect. This ferrous oxide is softer than the heart of the stone.