Ornaments for Utrecht's Domkerk and St John's Cathedral 2

Finial

As you may perhaps remember: I last year I carved ornaments a few times and even made some stonemasonry work for St. John's Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch.

The blog posts can be found under the following headings: Stonemasonry work and ornaments for St. John's Cathedral, Finally another update! and Ornamental work for the Utrecht Dom Church and St. John's.

I recently got a new batch of ornamental work in the yard again, including another identical finial block for the same buttress finial of St. John's Cathedral. The first block I carved in its entirety myself, including the stonemasonry parts. The second block was pre-processed by …Read the whole article…

Drilling holes

drilling relief coat of arms← to the first post about this project-

When carving reliefs I like to start with ‘jig sawing‘: carving the contours pretty tight and perpendicular, right up to the background material of the relief. The diamond drill is a handy tool for that. I usually drill lots of holes to the correct depth, so I don't need to measure how deep the relief is and where all the parts have to go. So that is what I did today. …Read the whole article…

70 percent debris

← To the first post about this project

day 7-2. 70% debris day 7-1a 70% debrisOne is often not aware, but when carving a statue from a block of stone, only a small part of it remains. I once calculated that very easily 70 percent of the block is thrown in the skip, and sometimes even more than that. …Read the whole article…

An afternoon of carving together

It's been some years since I gave sculpting lessons. Aast Saturday I had my first 'students’ in my own studio: the American Matt, my cousin Roel, and my sister Coraline. Roel wanted to learn to carve in stone and got very concentratedly engaged in the rudiments of stone carving. …Read the whole article…