'New Beginnings', dolomite

Beeld 'Nieuw Begin', dolomiteYou wouldn't say so from the posts on this blog, but I've been very busy these past few weeks. In preparation for the exhibition at Kunst en Kastelen (Art and Castles) I've done all kinds of work, and created a few new sculptures in stone. Here is the first one: a sculpture in Anröchter Grünstein, or dolomite. …Read the whole article…

Another road worker-who's next?

Brick layer in dolomite, second version

Today is the 25th anniversary of the road construction company Gebr. Kloens B.V.. from Dordrecht. Their anniversary is one of the reasons for the silence on my blog: I carved a statue of a bricklayer for them out of dolomite , again largely via the direct carving method. But I had to keep quiet because the brothers couldn't know until today . This version got working shoes, is built a bit heavier and has slightly more details. …Read the whole article…

A promo piece: helmet and shield

helmet and shield in dolomite, small example

As I mentioned a few times before, family crests among my favorite projects and in that context I visit will the Day of Heraldry at Kasteel Groeneveld in Baarn next Saturday, where I will also be on the 'market’ .. Unfortunately, I can not really show much of my work, because everything that's finished goes straight to the customer. …Read the whole article…

Brick layer is finished

-update: supplemented with better photos!-

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The light was not ideal for taking photos, yesterday. After a long wait for a cloud to finally slide in front of the sun (why isn't there any wind when you need it?) at a quarter past six I finally just cycled home. I hope I can make some better pics in the next few days, however, here goes: my statuette of the street worker is finished. …Read the whole article…

Precarving the stone street worker

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Today I made good progress with the precarving of my sculpture of the paver. It is about 80 cms tall, out of green dolomite. After the pre-cutting with the saw machine I am now carving the rough outlines, detailing will follow later. …Read the whole article…


provided stratenmaker1When carving a sculpture out of a block of stone it will be obvious that a lot of stone, will have to be removed. Just removing that stone is not too complicated, and with the right tools that can go very quickly . The point is just to know where it needs to be removed, and usually there is a lot of reduce all the measuring involved (which happens to be not my favorite activity) and that takes the most time. …Read the whole article…

A brick layer in stone

stratenmaker hammerI started with the next assignment, a stone statue of (and for) a road worker. It's been a busy time, with carving the granite tomb I reported on earlier, the final work on the black granite panipitha and a set of finials and stone masonry in limestone. …Read the whole article…

Four pieces at a time….

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cutting a block of Rosa Porinho granite with the angle grinder splitting a block of dolomite with wedges

This past week I spent time working on four different projects at once, all of a different nature. First of all, the work on the black, square panipeetha just goes on. I've already shaped the top side and started sculpting the last four sides with the Lotus Motif. …Read the whole article…

On rolls

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‘Turning A New Leaf’ in the hall

The statue "Ferns’ went on a trip to North Brabant today. There it had to go over a narrow gravel path, a set of steps and a threshold, and up to the end of the hall. How do you do that with a sculpture of more than 600 kilos? Well, just, like they did it in the olden days. On rolls. …Read the whole article…