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Michael Updike

Slate Carving | Large Raven | Updike

Slate Carving | Large Raven | Updike

Regular price $250.00 USD
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This Raven image was carved by renowned local artist and carver Michael Updike with only traditional hand tools. What make this work all the more unique (and why we love Michael's work) is the utilization of reclaimed roof slate as the base stone carving medium. The rich colors and weathering on this brown based slate is the result of a good 60+ years on a New England rooftop and creates an incredible character of tone and texture. Original attachment hole remain and illustrate the legacy of this beautiful source material.

Signed by artist.


  • Appx 10.75" W x 16" H
  • Wire hanger

About the Artist |

Michael Updike graduated from Mass College of Art and received his MFA from Vermont College. He is a long-standing North Shore artist of unique, nuanced works that mirror the legacy stone carving traditions of New England.

Trained as a sculptor, he recently began creating artistic personalized memorial stones as well as unique slate carvings. His work challenges the pictorial paradigms of additive imaging. “I honed my carving skills on old slate roof shingles which then became my primary medium. I use slate with outward signs of wear. Paint, tar, nail holes, fractures, chips and flaking tell of the slates former utilitarian life. The scars of its history rest on its surface while I cut through the patina revealing fresher layers of stone.”.


Unique, one-of-a-kind artist work. Materials will vary by eachh artist and creation. See description for detail.


Due to the unique, one-of-a-kind nature of our artist and craftsman work and the handling and packaging they require - we have set a rate of $16.00.


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