Boulder and oak-tree and stone

A stone-tree for the group home

Today in Amersfoort, a new group home for people with a mild intellectual disability was inaugurated. I've lately been involved (pro deo) in a number of things in the new home, including the stone-tree and the boulder in the garden. Read here↑ an earlier post about the boulder.

The stone-tree was a special project for me, because it led me to undertake several things that I do not normally do. It's a long story, so let's start at the beginning!

The mad squire in 1661

boulder and oak- pulling the Amersfoort boulder, on an old print

Each Amersfoort resident knows the story of the mad squire and the Amersfoort boulder. Or, at least, he/she should know it. In short it goes like this: …Read the whole article…

A boulder with house numbers

House numbers in a boulder

boulder with house number- rough stone

I recently received a request if it was possible to make a boulder with house numbers. Of course I can! So I went to a garden materials center and bought a heavy boulder of about a meter wide. It could just fit in the back of my little van, because it weighs over 400 kilos. Having a collision would become a problem at that weight. Had it been any heavier, I would have transported it by truck.

I would carve the house numbers 1-3-5 in it, for a group home for young people with a minor intellectual disability. Therefore, I chose a lively font. The boulder consists of red granite, probably a kind of Multicolour Red. But a boulder is not the same quality as found in the natural stone trade. Je moet altijd maar zien of je binnenin geen …Read the whole article…

Padukas: lotus and polishing

black granite padukas being carved and polished. Carving the lotus motif

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After measuring with the pointing machine and some other works in between I continued with shaping the paduka's in black granite. On the feet, I added the symbols of Vishnu: the conch, the disc and lotus flowers. On the profile on the side the lotus motif will return, and that's what I am carving now, sanding and polishing. …Read the whole article…

Copying points with a pointing machine

pointing machine with wooden cross and brass needle

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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…


 plaster model for black granite padukasThose who have been following this blog for some time now know that a period of silence doesn't necessarily mean a downtime. Similarly this time. After a well-deserved vacation, I have been very busy at work carving a statuette. But unfortunately, I can't say anything about it yet! It is for the aniversary of a company and still needs to remain secret until the unveiling, o annoyance. …Read the whole article…

Turning A New Leaf in its new spot

Earlier this month, my son helped me with placing my sculpture ‘Turning A New Leaf’.
It ended up in the garden of a therapist friend of mine, right in front of his new practice. I am really happy that it's in a much better place now than in storage at my studio; a striking eyecatcher, and not only that, it seems as if it was made for that spot. It's about unfoldment, finding new energy, and, of course, about growth.

I carved the sculpture in 2010 out of a single piece of granite, and it's 2,5 ms tall.

Turning A New Leaf 2014 is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well:

Black panipitha completed

 square panipitha in black granite with Lotus MotifAfter much sanding and polishing finally the black square panipitha finished. It already has a nice polish, and once it's out of my dusty studio, I will give it a good rub so it gets a nice shine. The panipitha is carved out of black granite, and it's about 40 x 40 x 40 cms tall, with a spout of 16 cms. …Read the whole article…

A granite gravestone

Usually I do not write about the sculptures I execute for other sculptors, because it's their design and I can not go showing off with their work. But last month, I carved a granite tombstone to the design of sculptor Gerard Overeem. He was satisfied with the result and was happy with me mentioning it on this blog. …Read the whole article…

Four pieces at a time….

the polishing work on the upper side of a panipitha in black granite2 The polishing work on the upper side of a panipitha in black granite1
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…