I started to do fine art sculpture in the 1960s. I had not studied it at Yale or elsewhere previously. I was taught wood sculpture by James P. Morgan, of Gardner, who was a woodcarver by trade. He also did plaster modeling for our local silver factory and wrought iron for his own amusement. He designed silver patterns and made plaster cast full scale models of the patterns to be reproduced as steel dies for the manufacturing process of sterling silver flatware. Jim was trained in Scotland.
My local monument works helped me with stone sculpture by providing me with tools and stone. I later went to West Rutland Vt. to purchase Danby white and grey marble.
Clay and casting was learned from a library book Sculpture: Principles and Practice by Louis Slobodkin.