In Malta and Gozo we have no natural resources, like Gas, oil, precious stones, etc. I hope that you have heard of Gozo or of Malta at least :)
We have clay which is good for sculpture but needs to be cleaned first. We have hardstone which is crushed and used in concrete. Formerly in olden times it was used for the building of rubble walls in order to protect the soil from being carried away from the fields (denudation) and also to separate one field from another.
My favourite stone is the soft stone, called the 'globegerina limestone'. This is found in great quantities both in Gozo and in Malta and is cut from quarries. It is cut in slabs 20 inches x 9 x 11 and used in construction and for the building of houses. This soft stone is good for carving and I have just finished a small figurine - a nude lady, kneeling and holding a pitcher in her hands. This is my first attempt at stone carving so it's not a master-piece, but at least I succeeded in finishing it to my 'satisfaction'.
To view the 'nude' statue and perhaps leave me a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this page......http://www.gozo-malta-reality-tour.com/Gozo-hobbie...