Llittle praying man (flying buttress figurine for Eusebius Church)

copy of praying man in Muschelkalk limestone copy of praying man in Muschelkalk limestone

Llittle praying man

I'm already quite busy again carving flying buttress 5 from St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands). This series consists of a razorbill, an elephant, a sea lion, a Buffalo, a squirrel, a praying little man and for the third time the ark. From the description of the figurines by the church: …Read the whole article…

A party for ten gable stone reliefs

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Koen van Velzen at the unveiling of the plaque from the Blue Tram street. Ten house signs after designs by cartoonistsBlue, blue, sky-blue

It was a completely blue party, last Thursday in the Blue Tram Street in New Remittance District in Haarlem. I went there, dressed up in my best moody blues, along with my good colleague Serge van Druten, who had also carved two of the ten stones. There was a tiny but excellent band, some blue trim and blue drinks and balloons. It was very unfortunate that Toon van Driel, who designed the relief of the Blue Tram street as a cartoon, was unable to come because of an illness. I would have like to talk to him. …Read the whole article…

An Owl that snapped (flying buttress figurine)

Copying the flying buttress figurine of the Owl

Material defects

This Owl, another flying buttress figurine carved for St. Eusebius' church in Arnhem, resisted the copying quite a bit. Not that it's such a difficult figurine, it is simple enough. But I was almost done and would only just carve the remaining profiles at the bottom, when I discovered that the dark line at the bottom became a crack, and that with each stroke it became a bit clearer. …Read the whole article…

Flying buttres figurine: Kanga and Baby Roo

Copying Kangaroo. Two turntables on two scissor lift tables so I can reach all areas.

Eeyore's tail and Kanga's nose

This kangaroo carved for St. Eusebius' church I copied without too many changes. The remarkable thing was that it had the tail of a donkey! So I finally figured out where Eeyore had left his tail. With Kanga and her baby Roo. …Read the whole article…

flying buttress figurines Eusebius's Church in Arnhem: an Old Woman with a mortar

Lady with pestle and mortar, copy of flying buttress figurine
The following flying buttress figurine carved for St. Eusebius' church was a somewhat strange lady with a mortar and pestle. She was built like an older woman, but with the head of a young girl. She missed a hand …Read the whole article…

Flying buttresses Eusebiuskerk: Another ark with Noah

Noah in the ark, flying buttress figurine for Eusebius Church in Arnhem. Copy in Muschelkalksteen after tufa original

Rowing Boat

In the series of flying buttress statuettes from Eusebius Church in Arnhem I had the upper one of Flying Buttres no. 6 under my hands recently. This series was designed at the time by Theo van Reijn, who designed his sculptures on the theme of Noah's Ark. The top of each flying buttress was always the …Read the whole article…

Flying buttress: dog, lion, naked woman, fat man and bird

Sorry, proper translation later this week! These past few weeks I've continued carving for flying buttress 6 and 7 of St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem.

A short video from the church as the crow flies, with the flying buttresses. As a bonus, a short performance by my colleague Stide Fox copying a corbel.

Flying buttress 6 and 7

flying buttress figurines from flying buttress no. 6 and 7 of St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem

A photograph that I was sent by Slotboom Stonemasons. The Sad Badger in the foreground was carved by Stide.

It was a motley collection I received at my yard: the Noah and his ark I described earlier, a dog, a naked lady with big feet and a broken neck plus a bird, a very happy lion with his paw in a strange position, a fat man drinking from a large pot, and a bird which we suspected could be a Capercaillie. …Read the whole article…