Ornaments for Utrecht's Domkerk and St John's Cathedral 2

Finial

As you may perhaps remember: I last year I carved ornaments a few times and even made some stonemasonry work for St. John's Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch.

The blog posts can be found under the following headings: Stonemasonry work and ornaments for St. John's Cathedral, Finally another update! and Ornamental work for the Utrecht Dom Church and St. John's.

I recently got a new batch of ornamental work in the yard again, including another identical finial block for the same buttress finial of St. John's Cathedral. The first block I carved in its entirety myself, including the stonemasonry parts. The second block was pre-processed by …Read the whole article…

Year review of 2017

Our Dear Lord out of the basement

Sacred Heart statue limestone Our Dear Lord in the basementThe staue of Jesus again in a good spot on a new pedestal.

2017 was an interesting year with many different commissions.

For example, I had a Sacred-Heart statue to repair, which first had to be freed out of its basement. The statue had received some damage during previous storage and lost its hands at one point. I made two new limestone hands, but because the fingers turned out very vulnerable I had to make them again, this time in strong restoration mortar with a stainless steel frame. I also made a new limestone pedestal for the statue. The installing of the statue was not an easy job, but with some ingenuity it all went just fine.

Cinema Royal

Cinema Royal matching the curl to its surroundings

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The whole sculptor's workshop is a Nativity scene

My Christmas stable is ready. Happy Holidays, happy Christmas and make it a VERY Good New Year!Beeldhouwerij van Velzen looks like a nativity scene with many flying buttress figurines of people and animals

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

The challenge of the direct carving method

Tim cut into waist direct a header in French limestoneLast week my nephew Tim stopped by for a few days to sculpt a head in a piece of French limestone in direct carving method. In this picture he is far from done yet; it's …Read the whole article…

An afternoon of carving together

It's been some years since I gave sculpting lessons. Aast Saturday I had my first 'students’ in my own studio: the American Matt, my cousin Roel, and my sister Coraline. Roel wanted to learn to carve in stone and got very concentratedly engaged in the rudiments of stone carving. …Read the whole article…