The broken pieces are glued back together and the first mortar is applied
(Bicentenary post on this blog!)
From the garden of Singraven Estate in Denekamp, the Netherlands I received a faun in my studio this week. It was a cheerful fellow with a flute on his belly. Only he had lost the face; apparently something had fallen on top of it, for the whole right side of his face was missing. What was left of it …Read the whole article… →
With a new set of hands and on a new pedestal of the same French limestone the Sacred Heart statue is looking wonderful again. The statue was installed last Friday in a nice place, inside the school where it formerly stood in the basement: College Hageveld in Heemstede. …Read the whole article… →
the statue was missing an arm and had suffered damage to her robe
At the same time as the two sandstone putti at the end of last year I also got the commission of restoring a statue of Diana or Artemis. It turned out to be a casting of the famous sculpture that was made by the Greek sculptor Praxiteles: …Read the whole article… →
As kids, we used to joke that Moses had the first car, because he went up the mountain in his Duckling (a Dutch play on the word for 'all alone' and a nickname for the Citroën 2CV). But this week the statue of Moses really went by car, and his brother Aaron went along with him. …Read the whole article… →
Rusting iron in limestone. This place has already been sealed with cement once before . Because the iron wasn't treated at the time, the problem just continued to stay.
After the rust is cut away, the cause can be seen: the iron was cast in sulfur at the time. A little bit of moisture has a major impact.
The anchor was cut free and made completely bare. Then it is treated against rust and restored with restoration mortar. A temporary solution.
Rusting iron in natural stone will usually cause major damage. For iron expands when it rusts, and in the worst case, will reach up to seven times its original thickness. Last week I came across another example of this, and it was soon clear that the cause lay in the construction itself. …Read the whole article… →