Noah and his ark: from tuff to limestone

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Noah new in MuschelkalkAfter the previous series of flying buttress statues for the Eusebius Church in Arnhem (read here more) it has been quiet at my studio for a long time -with regards to the work on the Eusebius church at least. Funding had been allocated for its restoration, but before it's finally on the bank account of the church, apparently a lot of water first needs to pass under the bridge. But now that all suffering is over with, I can speed along with the work on a series of flying buttresses on the north side of the church. …Read the whole article…

And the book was won by….

this book offered in a contest and goes to ....

this book could be won and goes to….

Those who regularly follow the posts on this blog already know: a book was offered for winning. And how did the contest go?? Well, I must say that the response wasn't really overwhelming: four people have dared to submit a comment. The advantage though is that it will be a lot easier for me to choose the winner. …Read the whole article…

win the Complete book of Sculpture!

The complete book of sculpting-13 May 2016; the book by now has been won by Paul

-list of Sculptor's Supplies Shops in the Netherlands added below-

-Sorry folks, this is only for Dutch language readers... It's about this book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sculpture-Stone-Cami-Santamera/dp/0764154249.- For a number of times now I've been recommending a particular book for beginning sculptors on this blog, as excellent teaching material to learn how to transfer your design onto in a block of stone, whether enlarged or not (here, here, here and some here for example). …Read the whole article…

Ten tips-2: from design to stone

Ten tips for beginning sculptors-2: from design to stone

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stone statue in the making and model. Click image for link to the first article on this sculpture

Readers of my blog may know it already: I have a thorough dislike of measuring. By measuring I mean taking a distance with a ruler or a tape measure, then remember that and reproduce it on the block of stone. …Read the whole article…

Ten tips-1: techniques

Tips for beginning sculptors in stone-1: technique

When I first wanted to learn to carve in stone I had trouble finding someone who could teach me this thoroughly. That was, of course, in the time before the internet, around 1990. Now, it's become a lot easier; just type in as a keyword that you want to sculpt in stone and you'll find loads of courses and holiday weeks . Unfortunately, not every teacher is equally aware of the technical aspects (there are still a lot of courses for rasping in soapstone) and neither does every aspiring sculptor have an appetite or time or money for a course. The following 'tips for beginning sculptors in stone’ should help you well on the way. …Read the whole article…

Cunning & Cheating.Inc

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It's holiday time, and besides some paint work to my house I also have some more time to follow my interests. It must have to do with that paint job, that I'm totally fascinated by a documentary that I found on the internet. It's about an old discussion: When is something art and when not? Inspired by two books on the use of optics in art, entrepreneur and video expert Tim Jenison decides to initiate his own research into the use of a camera obscura by Johannes Vermeer. …Read the whole article…

A set of corbels for the Eusebius Church

corbels for the tower of St. Eusebius' ChurchThe St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands) has been clad in scaffolding for a number of years now, and now the time has come to tackle the sculptured parts.

I was asked to copy the first tuff stone pieces from the fifties in new Muschelkalk limestone. …Read the whole article…

Copying points with a pointing machine

pointing machine with wooden cross and brass needle

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The footprints I am copying on the black granite padukas are a great project to explain how the process of sculpting works in general. For a sculptor the process is self-evident, but from the questions I often get, I notice that many people do not know how to get from an idea to a stone statue. Often they think I'll pick up a chisel and hammer and start hammering away. …Read the whole article…