Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone

Julie Dierauer ’78, lecturer of art and design at UW-Stout, has been carving sandstone from the Dunnville quarry for more than 30 years.Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone“Once the carving momentum has started, it is almost a metaphysical feeling that comes over me,” Dierauer said. “Kind of like the physiological high long-distance runners talk about.”

While an art student at UW-Stout, Dierauer studied under figurative sculptor Alan Gamache. Dierauer quickly racked up 27 credits in sculpture before she graduated.

When Gamache learned that Dierauer wanted to carve stone, he recommended she talk to Stanley Borm, the original quarry owner in Downsville. Borm showed her how to cut at different angles and how to split a piece of stone. He taught her how to read the veining — the soft areas — in the Dunnville sandstone to avoid the dreaded snapping sound of too large a chunk falling off.

“In Dunnville sandstone, the veining issue is minimal,” Dierauer said. “That’s why it is so great to work with.”

Her favorite stone pieces are the ones in which she is able to follow the form of the stone and a figurative face emerges.

Summer Outlook 2012