The block of bardiglio from which these sculptures were made was roughly the same shape as the finished pieces. From LearnThat.org. [http://www.dondougan.com/theprocess.html]
The 13-year-old aced "bardiglio" (a type of Italian marble), "cerecloth" (a wax-treated cloth) and "talipot" (a tall palm tree native to India and Sri Lanka) during Thursday's semi-final rounds to qualify for the championship round, which aired at 8 p.m. on ABC. From Wordnik.com. [Las Vegas Sun Stories: All Sun Headlines] Reference
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