When I brought up the subject of turtles, my customers were delighted and told me a story about the snapping turtle that lived in their pond. They had, on occasion, watched its annual trek up into the field to lay its eggs. So, a big stone turtle at the top of the field that looked as though it was heading for water turned out to be the perfect answer to the question I’d asked myself months before.
Choosing six curved slabs from my stockpiles in the stone yard I temporarily arranged them on a mound of sand to get the proper measurements to begin the belly of the sculpture. Five boulders selected from my woods would become the legs, tail and head.
There’s a significant amount of luck that goes into being able to create a successful one-of-a-kind dry stone landscape feature. There’s also a requirement in the belief that things will come together when the time is right if one is patient and remains open and receptive to all that the world has to offer.