Walter S. Arnold, Sculptor/Stone Carver: Classically trained in Italy. Custom hand-carved stone sculpture. Made in the USA and Italy.

Walter S. Arnold Sculptor/Stonecarver: Classically trained in Italy. Custom hand-carved stone sculpture. Made in the USA and Italy.Classically trained in Italy. Custom, hand-carved, stone sculpture. Made in the USA and Italy.    Call for an estimate:  (847) 568-1188  or


Volterra, Italy  October 2003

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The King of Cappuccino 

Cappuccini and an espresso prepared by "Il re del Cappuccino" (The King of Cappuccino) Umberto Galligani of Monsummano Terme, Tuscany.

My wife in Volterra

On this rainy, foggy day we toured the medieval hill town of Volterra, center of alabaster work.


lathe turned alabaster Polishing the candle holder
Franco of Rossi Alabastri turns a candlestick on a lathe.

alabaster samplesThe finished candlestick along with different colored samples of  alabaster. They are sitting on an architectural fragment carved in yellow marble from the nearby city of Siena. 

12th century romanesque archwaygrotesque handle on a bowlThe Museo Storico dell'Alabastro (Historic Alabaster Museum) is housed in a restored 12th century convent in Volterra's Piazza XX Settembre.

It houses over 300 beautiful alabaster objects.

dragon vase dragon headed vase handle intracate carved alabaster vase Many pieces in the collection feature wonderful grotesque masques, including the intricately carved vases with dragons entwined in the filligree tops.
More alabaster sculpture from the museum collection:
bust of a woman
  Small cow sculpture with fine detail Tiger statue


Musical instruments Some of the musical instruments of Georgio Pecchioni.


The previous week we visited several Florence and several Tuscan hill towns.