My diamond chainsaw
I recently cut up a blue block of
sodalite with my diamond chainsaw. Because it's quite an expensive material, I could save quite a large chunk by this method. If I'd made this sculpture in the normal way with the angle grinder, lump hammer and point chisel, I would have had some wheelbarrows full of expensive rubble for the dumpster. So in this case my chainsaw came in handy. But I actually rarely cut up or spalt large stone blocks. I actually bought this saw for removing blocks from historic buildings, or cutting loose heavily anchored statues from their foundation.
The diamond saw I chose in 2015 chose was a
Cardi Coccodrillo35. But what types are there actually, what kind of job do you use them for, and which one is the best for which job? …Read the whole article… One of the last of the 10 corbels for the South- and North side of the tower of the Eusebius Church at 23 meters high was this winged bird-like beast. It sits somewhat cramped in its corner and there spreads its claws and wings. This piece was originally …Read the whole article… Posted in Eusebius, Restoration and tagged as Ettringer tufa, Eusebius, limestone, copying, corbel, LBB, machines, measuring, muschelkalk, restoration, techniques, tuff stone, presawing machine, sawing Resumed
I finally continued with my plaster statue of Pan (
read ). After much doubt about a beautiful red block of granite it ultimately became a piece of Chinese Porphyry. It is not too expensive, it's easier to carve and looks stunning. here more about it
I thought I could take the opportunity to
…Read the whole article… Presawing in the snow The next flying buttress figurine for St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem is ready. I've been busy presawing all the blocks that I had lying around for flying buttress 4 and 5 (read here more), before maybe a real frost period got in the way. Because my saw sits outside, I cannot use it during frost, because then …Read the whole article… Posted in Eusebius, Restoration and tagged as background, Ettringer tufa, limestone, copying, LBB, machines, muschelkalk, restoration, stone masonry, tuff stone, presawing machine, sawing
Sorry, proper translation later this week! These past few weeks I've continued carving for flying buttress 6 and 7 from
St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands).
A short video from the church as the crow flies, with the flying buttresses. As a bonus, a short performance by my colleague Stide Fox copying a corbel.
Flying buttress 6 and 7
A photograph that I was sent by Slotboom Stonemasons. The Sad Badger in the foreground was carved by Stide.
It was a motley collection I received at my yard:
the Noah and his ark I described earlier, a dog, a naked lady with big feet and a broken neck plus a bird, a very happy lion with his paw in a strange position, a fat man drinking from a large pot, and a bird which we suspected could be a Capercaillie. …Read the whole article… Posted in Eusebius, Restoration, video and tagged as background, Ettringer tufa, Eusebius, limestone, copying, LBB, machines, muschelkalk, restoration, tuff stone, video, sawing
Last Wednesday I was at the gardens of
Estate De Schaffelaar in Barneveld, the Netherlands. I had to remove a plinth of Belgian bluestone, that was anchored with four stainless steel pins of 2 centimetres thick to a concrete foundation. Of course the solution was the concrete chainsaw on 230 Volts ( Cardi Coccodrillo 35 so you might say Renova chainsaw). The base will in due course be reinstalled inside the main building itself, but more on that later. …Read the whole article… Restoration St. Eusebius' Church gets going again ← Read here the first post about this restoration
Good news! There is a budget again for the restoration of the
St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands). Today a press release came out that the municipality and province have provided funding for a transitional period of a few months, and the expectation is that the rest of the restoration project will in time be provided for as well. As a result, I can now report that the next few months I will be busy carving a whole batch of new statuettes for the flying buttresses of this church. Below is an account of the first two that Stide and I made. Flying buttress sculptures for St. Eusebius's
the precutting of a flying buttress statuette
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Today I once again started on an interesting restoration job. I went to St.
Lambert's church in Veghel to collect two statues: Moses and Aaron, carved in Udelfanger sandstone. The statues date back to about the construction time of the church, around 1860. …Read the whole article…
Stide lifting a block that has been cut loose from the wall
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Today my colleague Stide and I were in Nijmegen again. We are presently replacing a number of ornaments on the
all of them (20 trefoils, 7 consoles, 20 crockets and 3 capitals), and right now we're arriving at the removal of the last blocks. South Portal of St. Stephen's Church …Read the whole article… Posted in Restoration, St Stephen's Church, video and tagged as concrete chainsaw, corbel, machines, restoration, St Stephen's Church, techniques, tuff stone, video, sawing When 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 involved ( reduce all the measuring ) and that takes the most time. which happens to be not my favorite activity …Read the whole article…