Cemetery Memorial & Monument Carving OptionsShaped: Done by sandblasting, the outline of the design is cut into the surface and the interior elements are shaped by hollowing out certain areas to create a relief look to the design. Often referred to as "Floral Carving" this "shaping" is generally used for flowers and the leaves of plants and trees as well as the hands and wings of angels and saints.
Flat: Also done by sandblasting, but as the name infers, no hollowing or shaping is done when flat carving. The outline and some features are cut directly into the surface to reveal the design or flower in one dimension.
Sculptured or Hand Carved: Like the McLean memorial shown to the right, this type of carving is cut into the surface of the stone in "bas relief". Done by a sculptor, the shape of the image can be touched and the depth can be felt. An image can be sculpted within a recessed area "niche" or sculpted out of the whole stone to provide a 3-dimensional "full round" design. Over the years, Fox-Becker has been chosen by families to produce many customized memorials of all shapes and sizes with quality hand-carved designs.