A marble statue of Shirdi Sai Baba

It's been a long time since I posted a message on this blog. But that's not because I've been idle; I have carved several statues for third parties, and because it is not my own work I can not write about it.

I also started with a plaster model for a statue of Pan, about which more later. And finally, I have carved a lingam for a customer in Rotterdam.

Right now I'm working on a sculpture of Shirdi Sai Baba out of white Carrara marble, for in a temple. It is 1 meters up. It is still far from finished; the whole face, the folds, nails and various other details remain to be worked, but the main parts are there now. The next time there will be more about detailing.

marble statue of Shirdi Sai Baba, halfway

Shirdi statue halfway, detail

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

3 responses to “A marble statue of Shirdi Sai Baba

  1. Meindert de Vries wrote:

    Wonderful statue is this going to be. How many hours will this take anyway? 1000 hours? I do sculpting myself (amateur/hobby) also with white marble. Two sculptures made and turned out very well. Per sculpture it was about 300 hours of work. I have now 2 pieces of black marble ready of about 100 kg. However, it seems that this marble is considerably harder than the white Carrara marble. Do you have experience with it. I'm actually afraid of my router bits.
    Hope to hear from you.

    • Well, twenty full weeks is a very long time… Belgian black marble is indeed glassy hard. You need a very good technique to carve it, because it is so splintery. But because it is strictly a limestone, I think you can mill it without danger using a Widia (wolfraamcarbide) router https://www.bickwebshop.eu/c-884082/6mm-as-frezen/. Can you use for bluestone as well, and other marble and bronze. It primarily concerns the pollution in the stone. If there's just a tiny bit of silicon in there (sand) or gravel, then your router will be gone in no time. Or you need to take a diamond cutter router bit.

  2. sila wrote:

    It really is a beautiful statue. Baba has aided you. For me it looks like Baba. Thank you that I've seen it on the site. My compliments. It exudes calmness.

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