A Bear with a honeypot (flying buttress figurine)

The bear that didn't look like a bear

flying buttress statuette of bear with honeypot - old original tuff

flying buttress statuette bear with honey -new copy in muschelkalk limestone

And then the bear came with its long snout and blew out… no, he ate all the honey. This 'bear’ was the next flying buttress figurine for St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem which was to be copied into new stone. You just need to look very carefully to discoever a bear in there. I am currently, for those who do not know yet, 96 recarving tuff flying buttress figurines into new Muschelkalksteen.


the presawing of flying buttress figurine Bear with honeypot.The ritual should be well-known by now: repairing the original, placing the new block of stone on the sawing machine and presawing the statue. Next, carving the profiled sections at the bottom and laying the finishing chisel strokes, then carving the bear and finally detailing and finishing everything.

copying flying buttress statuette Bear with honeypot in muschelkalk limestoneThis bear, just like a number of other flying buttress figurines, had also broken off once before and was glued back together. He had a clear crack line across his waist and the honeypot in its claws was lying in pieces on the pallet. After the glue-up and remodelling of missing parts with plastiline clay (which never hardens) I've put the new block of stone on the sawing machine and started to meticulously copy-saw the whole sculpture. That saves me a lot of work: I don't need to remove all of the unnecessary stone with hammer and chisel, I don't need to cut it out with an angle grinder (lots of dust and noise) and most importantly: it saves me days if not weeks of measuring. And I have a thorough dislike of that, as you can read in this blogpost here.

This piece of stone, particularly at the bottom part, was a lot rougher and more open than I'm used to. So it wasn't easy to carve any details in it.

flying buttress statuette bear with honey -new copy in muschelkalk limestone

Have a good trip!

Completed flying buttress figurines together in my yard

The group of five flying buttress figurines I made over the last weeks were ready for transport as well. I got at once much more space in my yard, and I think the other drivers must have had some fun while they were underway , riding behind the lorry of Slotboom Stonemasons (it only looks like it's time to wash the lorry again, Hans!).

truck loaded with flying buttress figurines

Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

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2 responses to “A Bear with a honeypot (flying buttress figurine)

  1. Tico Top wrote:

    nice job.
    Beautiful work success

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