'New Beginnings', dolomite

Beeld 'Nieuw Begin', dolomiteYou wouldn't say so from the posts on this blog, but I've been very busy these past few weeks. In preparation for the exhibition at Kunst en Kastelen (Art and Castles) I've done all kinds of work, and created a few new sculptures in stone. Here is the first one: a sculpture in Anröchter Grünstein, or dolomite. …Read the whole article…

On rolls

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‘Turning A New Leaf’ in the hall

The statue "Ferns’ went on a trip to North Brabant today. There it had to go over a narrow gravel path, a set of steps and a threshold, and up to the end of the hall. How do you do that with a sculpture of more than 600 kilos? Well, just, like they did it in the olden days. On rolls. …Read the whole article…


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Polishing is always a labour intensive chore. Especially in this sculpture; there are many corners that I just simply have to do by hand. But it's getting on nicely, just a few pieces at the top. You just can't tell by the photos because there's still a thin layer of of stone sludge over it. But when the sculpture is properly rinsed and all waxed up, then also the green color stands out better. …Read the whole article…

Nasty corners day

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It's time to start polishing. One of the finest things about finishing is fiddling in the corners where you just cannot reach. And this time I've made it especially enjoyable for myself . Below an overview of a few of my favorites. …Read the whole article…

Experiment with a Cut-n-break machine (video)

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I've arrived at the point where I can cut the openings between the ferns. It's just that some of the openings are so narrow that a normal angle grinder doesn't fit in between. Fortunately there are several solutions:

-a chain saw for stone and concrete (hydraulic, with a petrol engine, or on 230 volts)
-or an Husqvarna Cut-n-break saw. This one as well is available on petrol or electrical. …Read the whole article…

Almost getting there

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All ferns are now roughly blocked out, All of the curls are carved, and now I'm looking forward to cutting the openings between the ferns. Today I have been busy with carving the veins (only to be seen on full-screen!), the last two curls, the detailing of the leaves, and cutting the openings. …Read the whole article…

Putting the sculpture straight up

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Today I've been busy with internal transport. That's a fancy word for 'moving things around with a pump trolley and a shop crane'. Carved a little less in stone, then, and hoisted the sculpture upright . It was windy, and it was actually pretty tense to be in this weather and put that sculpture up all alone, but it all went smoothly. As expected, otherwise I would of course not have started it. But it's well fixed; I've welded an anchor so I could attach a brace to the floor . No movement possible! …Read the whole article…