If I'd commission a coat of arms in stone… what should I bear in mind?

Copy of old family crest, sandstone.

I often get asked what it costs to have a coat of arms carved in stone. However, I noticed that there is often still a lot of confusion for many customers. Why is it so expensive, why there are different price ranges for the same crest, and in what are you different from others? What is the surplus value to have a family crest carved by a sculptor, instead of …Read the whole article…

Small coat-of-arms in Udelfanger sandstone

Small coat-of-arms in a baroque shape

small coat of arms in Udelfanger sandstone completedFor a customer I made a small coat-of-arms in Udelfanger sandstone. Since this time no mantling and helmet were added, I chose a somewhat more baroque shield shape to make it a lively relief. I also Shield …Read the whole article…

Three sandstone lions for three herrings

sculptor Leo sandstone Deventer The Three Herrings

new sandstone lion

sandstone lion copy

side view

Head lion sandstone Deventer old and new

two small relief stones with lion's head, old and new

Lions Deventer old-new

The left hand lion will be put back, the right hand one is a reconstructed copy, carved in mirror image. On the shield the house sign is depicted


For a property in Deventer I was asked to carve a set of lions in Bentheimer sandstone. …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…

Hot weather and rough griffins

33 degrees tent← to the first post about this project-

With 33 degrees Celsius it's actually no weather to be carving right under the hot sun. In anticipation of my final shelter I just stretched a tarp today, and if I just keep the floor wet, it'll be alright.

The precarving is making good progress, just a while and I can start detailing the coat-of-arms finally. …Read the whole article…

Family crests or coat-of arms

wapensteen met familiewapens in Bentheimer zandsteen, kopie gehouwen in 2004 uit Bentheimer zandsteen

coat of arms, carved for Castle Twickel

Family crests or coat-of arms are among my favorite projects, and I have been fortunate to already carve some of them. Usually they are very lively, busy depictions, with helmets, shields, and lots more of everything around it. My best friend is restorer of paintings and painter of family crests. He has explained a little to me what's happening in such a family coat of arms, on the basis of its own crest. …Read the whole article…