Sailing on a Silent Sea
 The hull of Sailing on a Silent Sea sail is a remnant left when I cut a granite boulder to flatten its bottom to use a base for another sculpture.  Its sail is a large chip of columnar basalt from a larger sculpture that is still in progress.     

The rest of the granite boulder is now the base of my Opening sculpture, and it also served as the pattern for the bases of my Listening to the Wind bronze series, thus achieving triple-duty for one boulder from the beach near my home. 

The basalt sail, which rotates on its mast, has 5 surfaces.  One, a strip along the top of the sail, displays the natural, earth-toned basalt patina developed over thousands of years of weathering in the Washington desert.  A vertical convex surface, the leeward side of the sail, was formed suddenly when the chip separated from the column under the force of a blow from my hammer, and I left it exactly as it was.  

The two adjacent vertical concave surfaces, forming the windward side of the sail, were also formed suddenly in the same way, but I gently formed and then finished them with a high, jet black, mirror-like polish. The fifth surface is a convex "cup" that secures the sail at the bottom, isolates it visually from the deck of the boat, and provides a warped mirror image of the deck.  My Black Surfer sculpture is another chip from the same basalt column.