Michael Updike, whose work is on display this month at the League of New Hampshire Craftmen’s Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway, discovered slate carving while trying to source a traditional headstone. The dearth of attractive commercial options led him to design and carve it himself. He honed my carving skills on old slate roof shingles which then became his primary medium. He uses slate with outward signs of wear, because paint, tar, nail holes, fractures, chips and flaking tell of the slate’s former utilitarian life. The scars of its history rest on its surface while he cuts through the patina revealing fresher layers of stone. The contrasting “clean” surface in sunken relief echoes fossils freed from their Mesozoic entombment. Call 279-7920 for more information about the “Stone Canvas” showing.