Joseph and Mary
Church of the Blessed Sacrament
After many years developing his expertise in carving in wood, William McElcheran spent the later half of his career living part of each year in Italy, where he applied his carving skills to marble, much of which came from the same quarries as that used by Michelangelo.
William McElcheran always felt one of his greatest strengths was as a carver, even though many of his most loved sculptures were modelled in clay for bronze. He took particular pleasure during his years in Italy in his interactions with the expert artisans who worked in marble.