Timelapse of a family coat of arms

For an overview of the process I have put all the photos of the project of the van Heeckeren family crest in a row , as a sort of timelapse. Read about the whole process here. …Read the whole article…

Family crest completed

familiewapen in steen, zandsteen, wapensteen, zandstenen wapenschild

Crest stone with Van Heeckeren family coat of arms, Bentheimer sandstone, 120 cms


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After this photo was taken, I added the polka dots and stripes on the shield signifying the color code for the gold and red of the Van Heeckeren's.
It was a very interesting assignment, because the coat-of-arms are usually very lively depictions. Because I like it when a relief has a little volume, this one was carved about twelve centimetres (five inches) deep; This gave me the chance to undercut parts such as the tail and two front legs and especially to carve the helmet very open and voluminous. As a result, there is a very clear distinction between light and darkness.

The relief was carved out of Bentheimer sandstone, type Gildehaus. It is 120 cms in diameter and a total of 20 cms thick, of which the relief itself has 12 cms of depth.

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Finishing- halfway

finishing coats of arms← to the first post about this project

The griffins and the base are now just about carved. Now it's time for the helmet and the mantling, and then all the details need to be carved really crisp (nails, hairs, dotting the i's and crossing the t's…). Finally, I will have a go at the profiled edge, but that can be seen in a next post. …Read the whole article…

Finishing and Detailing

detailing coat of arms1

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After a period of vacation I carried on with carving the coat of arms relief. Detailing often takes twice as long as the initial carving process, and this one is no exception. I started with the 'right hand’ griffin …Read the whole article…

Hot weather and rough griffins

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With 33 degrees Celsius it's actually no weather to be carving right under the hot sun. In anticipation of my final shelter I just stretched a tarp today, and if I just keep the floor wet, it'll be alright.

The precarving is making good progress, just a while and I can start detailing the coat-of-arms finally. …Read the whole article…

Assigning the volumes

Left griffin crude carving← to the first post about this project-

The precarving of a sculpture has to do with roughly defining the desired volumes. This means that I determine where the mass of a component should approximately be, without going into details too much. At this stage it is mainly about figuring out whether all parts are in harmony with each other. …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…

Family crests or coat-of arms

wapensteen met familiewapens in Bentheimer zandsteen, kopie gehouwen in 2004 uit Bentheimer zandsteen

coat of arms, carved for Castle Twickel

Family crests or coat-of arms are among my favorite projects, and I have been fortunate to already carve some of them. Usually they are very lively, busy depictions, with helmets, shields, and lots more of everything around it. My best friend is restorer of paintings and painter of family crests. He has explained a little to me what's happening in such a family coat of arms, on the basis of its own crest. …Read the whole article…

A thorough dislike of measuring

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Long live the copyshop! The title of this post is obviously a bit exaggerated. A sculptor in stone can't avoid taking measurements every once in a while. …Read the whole article…

Sandstone has arrived

arrived sandstoneVery quietly, the sandstone for my next assignment arrived. And it is a beautiful, very fine piece of stone. I intend to carve a round family crest in relief out of it. It's a lively depiction with two griffins as shield bearers, mantling, a hat as a crest and a fairly simple shield. …Read the whole article…