The sandstone falcon is installed!

falcon with sandstone platform installed

With a big crane, the contractor installed the falcon.

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Today I got an email with a few photos from Franeker.

Construction company Van Marrum BV has installed for project developer, Elizen Vastgoed BV from Twello, the sandstone falcon were placed there. …Read the whole article…

Falcon: gilding finished

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vergulden2A real eye-catcher

The Falcon for the Valckeniershuis (Falconer's House) in Franeker is ready to be installed: Rómulo has finshed the gilding. He gold plated it completely in 23,75 carat double gold leaf. It's become a real eye-catcher, or as Rob the Great Garden Gnome would say: “As ay finnesing toots it wos cumpleetlee gilded, end now it iz ay reel ayketchur.” …Read the whole article…

video: How to carve a falcon from a block of stone

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A look into the process from weathered down statuette to copy in new stone, and insight into a number of the tools and (measuring-) techniques I used. The Falcon in this case was originally from the Valckeniershuis (Falconer's house) in Franeker, the Netherlands, and the original dates from 1662. The copy was carved in Bentheimer sandstone just as the original, and stands at 63 cms tall. …Read the whole article…

The five-taloned Falcon

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sandstone falcon Franeker. Copy new stone

copying the Falcon in new sandstone. The old Falcon was first repaired with plastiline clay

'Idleness is the beginning of all vices’ and 'There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want', which is why, after a period of six days a week carving ornaments I went right on to the next project. …Read the whole article…

A sandstone falcon for Valckenier House

old sandstone falcon Valckenier House Franeker

The old falcon arrived very weathered down and in four pieces

Last week I received an old sandstone falcon. This came from the façade tympanum of the Valckenier House Franeker. This house was built in 1662 as a residence for Reverend Valckenier, and therefore it received a Falcon as an identifier. …Read the whole article…

Two squirrels in red sandstone

Grove kleischets in Plastiline: two squirrels

crude, small sketch in plastiline clay

A close acquaintance of mine recently died after battling for 13 th anniversary this year. One of the last things he did was secretly save money, to be able to give a small sculpture to his wife for her birthday . …Read the whole article…

Installing: A garden bench for Castle Twickel

During dead quiet weather, a very thick branch of a tree fell down.

During dead quiet weather, a very thick branch of a tree fell down.

During dead quiet weather, a very thick branch of a tree fell down.

The concrete backrest with lead relief and the seat were the most damaged parts.

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Today, it was a hot sunny day. With a little power shovel machine and lifting straps we lifted the components of the garden bench and assembled them on site. …Read the whole article…

A puzzle in sandstone

The seat of the bench is ready

The seat of the bench is ready

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The next step in the restoration of the garden bench for Twickel Castle is reached: all parts are now ready and now everything must be fitted together. On the left the new sandstone seat is ready. Now the backrest must be fitted. But before that is possible, the backrest itself must be ready. Today I picked up the lead relief. …Read the whole article…

A faun's garden bench for Twickel Castle

garden bench Twickel

The bench, before the fateful blow

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As I already explained in reported earlier I am currently restoring a garden bench for Twickel Castle with new sandstone components. First, I carved the legs, and now the other parts are being made. It's a somewhat strange bench, …Read the whole article…

Sandstone Sphinxes… or are they Satyrs?

weathered limestone garden ornaments and garlands with sphinxesA thick branch of an oak tree in a big crash wreaked havoc on a garden bench at Castle Twickel. Multiple parts of the bench were broken or damaged, and thus this monumental piece of garden furniture was in great need of a thorough restoration. …Read the whole article…