A bluestone coat of arms with two falcons

Bluestone stone coat of arms

I merrily went on to the next commission, another stone coat of arms this time. The previous one was a smaller relief with only the shield. That required a little more attention to the shape of the shield, to make the design a bit more interesting. But this coat of arms is quite extensive in itself because of the helmet, the mantling and the crest. I prefer deeply carved coats of arms, and this is no exception: the total depth of the relief …Read the whole article…

A crane in marble coming up

I started carving a crane out of a white marble plate, in direct carving method. An update will follow when the piece is finished.a crane in white marble
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Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

Ten tips-3: Direct carving in stone

Ten tips for beginning sculptors in stone-3: Direct carving

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carving the main volumes in stone by direct carving method

startby carving the main volumes. Detailing is not important yet

Direct carving is a term for just taking up a chisel and hammer and start carving. The process is simple enough, but it has its difficulties as well, because direct carving also means trying to find your way through the stone. …Read the whole article…

House sign gable stone Mermaid completed in direct carving method

house sign Mermaid, made as a direct carving.
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The sandstone gable stone house sign stone with the mermaid that I'd already started carving some time before is finished. …Read the whole article…

Timelapse Somnia

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Process in pictures of the work on the relief Somnia. Sandstone, 70 x 50 x 10 cms tall. Click here to read the first post on this relief.

 

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Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

A relief in direct carving method

The holidays are over and so I started a next project last Wednesday: a relief in direct carving method. It's still far from finished, but it's starting to show just a bit by now. I'm carving it out of 'beats-me-stone ', a piece that I had lying around and of which I have no idea what exactly it is. It seems like a layered kind of sandstone, but it can also be a slate-like one. Anyway, it turned out te be a beautiful piece to work in, It can be sanded to a very fine grit and carves away very easily. Sometimes you just need a little luck. …Read the whole article…

The challenge of the direct carving method

Tim cut into waist direct a header in French limestoneLast week my nephew Tim stopped by for a few days to sculpt a head in a piece of French limestone in direct carving method. In this picture he is far from done yet; it's …Read the whole article…

The Eusebius-copying and more

Noah's ark: new in Muschelkalk limestone, old in Ettringer tuff stone. Tower of St. Eusebius' Church

Noah's ark: new in Muschelkalk limestone, old in Ettringer tuff stone

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As I already explained in reported yesterday I am currently carving corbels for the tower of the St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands). …Read the whole article…