Book Excerpts

Stone Sculptor

Short, petite Tamara Buchanan straddles a 350-pound, five-foot column of Kansas limestone that once was a fence post. “When I saw this piece of limestone, I knew immediately what was there. I saw the whole sculpture,” she says, pointing to several carved curves. “It’s a salmon dancer. She’s holding a salmon in each hand, with one arm up over her head. She’s in there. My job is just to find her.”