I had a small job in December for St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands) again. High in the upper side wall of the south transept are 9 small heads embedded inside the wall. Three of those are old heads, which were made in the Middle Ages, four are from the 50s of the twentieth century, and one head is missing. I was asked to carve a new head for the empty spot. The additions of the 50s clearly show the traces of that time, and that will probably be true for mine as well. It proved quite difficult to carve a primitive head and to restrain myself so that it won't end up all too detailed.
The heads in the church wall were placed alternately: every time a corbel from the last century is interspersed with a medieval one. The latter are the simplest ones, and also the example that I want to go back to. Unfortunately it is not all that easy, because there is a beautiful woman's head in red sandstone between the others. This lady has a beautiful elaborate hood. Fortunately, much reference material can be found in the book on St. Eusebius's Church. You won't find any new books anymore, but perhaps it can still be found online ↑. In this book, there are many images of the corbels with small heads, except for this series, regrettably. And I saw a few pictures of old sandstone corbels from the Arnhem Municipal Museum, which, like the red lady, were beautifully carved. But that wasn't the way I was headed.
The other corbels have primitively carved eyes, simple faces and thick lips. I also found a photo inside the book of a corbel that was sent to an Australian chapel as a gift, which has a similar shape. So that's what I've looked for in this small head corbel. The little guy got a page haircut and thick lips, and big floppy ears. I made a rough and small maquette in clay and then carved it into Udelfanger sandstone. The stonemason had already done the profile work. A bit of a pity, for I would have held on to the rough shape of the old corbels. I've just tried if it was better if I scraped it all smooth, but then it all went a bit dead, So I left it with a chisel stroke. It is always difficult to work from photos, so I hope it fits well within the range.
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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… →
-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 here for example). …Read the whole article… →
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… →
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… →
For the one who wants to learn sculpture in stone, nothing beats doing it yourself. But if you want to deepen your knowledge, then these books can be useful to learn sculpting: …Read the whole article… →