Frequently asked questions
What is Oamaru stone and how long does it last? Oamaru stone is a natural limestone cut out of the hills of Oamaru in the bottom of the South Island. It is a heavy, durable stone that once sealed makes a very long lasting, life time headstone/memorial. The only maintenance you will need like other stones is to apply a spray on moss killer eg: 30 seconds, wet & forget, when necessary
Can I just purchase a sculpture by itself? Absolutely no problem, price is based on design and size. Just enquire for more information
How long does it take to make a piece?
If I have the carving stone available in my workshop it usually takes between 14-21 days depending on size and design. If however I need to order the stone from the South Island it could take up to 3 months due to freight and stone prep time.
How does payment work?
I require payment in full before I start. Due to lack of storage space I am unable to hold stones so I do need them picked up by whanau once completed. I can send through my bank details for payment and supply whanau with an invoice for their trust records if required.
Do I do laybuys?
Sorry, I do not do laybuys or time payments - being a small business and solo carver I require payment in full to obtain carving materials and stone.
Can I freight a piece?
Yes, we are more than happy to freight a piece at the cost of the purchaser. I currently use Toll freight which can send a piece to a local toll depot for whanau to pick up
How much notice?
I do not take long term orders as I am a solo carver I prefer not to lock myself in to a commission I may not be able to do. The best time to contact me would be about 8 weeks out from when you need it. Or if possible go ahead with the piece sooner rather than later so that it is in your possession.
Can I take orders long in advance?
I am unable to take long term orders as I cannot guarantee that I will have the stone available when you are ready to have your piece sculpted, and due to minimal workshop space I am unable to store pieces. It is often better to have the piece sculpted sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
I provide fibre glass, non- rust rods for the piece to be concreted in to your site. I pre-drill holes into the bottom of your piece where your rods will go.
How long does the stone last?
Oamaru stone is a hard and heavy stone and once a piece is finished it is sealed with a high quality, top grade sealer. Like other headstone materials Oamaru stone requires maintenance from time to time eg: moss killer if it starts to discolour, but it is both an extremely durable and hard wearing stone.