Padukas: lotus and polishing

black granite padukas being carved and polished. Carving the lotus motif

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After measuring with the pointing machine and some other works in between I continued with shaping the paduka's in black granite. On the feet, I added the symbols of Vishnu: the conch, the disc and lotus flowers. On the profile on the side the lotus motif will return, and that's what I am carving now, sanding and polishing. …Read the whole article…

Copying points with a pointing machine

pointing machine with wooden cross and brass needle

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The footprints I am copying on the black granite padukas are a great project to explain how the process of sculpting works in general. For a sculptor the process is self-evident, but from the questions I often get, I notice that many people do not know how to get from an idea to a stone statue. Often they think I'll pick up a chisel and hammer and start hammering away. …Read the whole article…

Padukas

 plaster model for black granite padukasThose who have been following this blog for some time now know that a period of silence doesn't necessarily mean a downtime. Similarly this time. After a well-deserved vacation, I have been very busy at work carving a statuette. But unfortunately, I can't say anything about it yet! It is for the aniversary of a company and still needs to remain secret until the unveiling, o annoyance. …Read the whole article…

Turning A New Leaf in its new spot

Earlier this month, my son helped me with placing my sculpture ‘Turning A New Leaf’.
It ended up in the garden of a therapist friend of mine, right in front of his new practice. I am really happy that it's in a much better place now than in storage at my studio; a striking eyecatcher, and not only that, it seems as if it was made for that spot. It's about unfoldment, finding new energy, and, of course, about growth.

I carved the sculpture in 2010 out of a single piece of granite, and it's 2,5 ms tall.

Turning A New Leaf 2014

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Black panipitha completed

 square panipitha in black granite with Lotus MotifAfter much sanding and polishing finally the black square panipitha is finished. It already has a nice polish, and once it's out of my dusty studio, I will give it a good rub so it gets a nice shine. The panipitha is carved out of black granite, and it's about 40 x 40 x 40 cms tall, with a spout of 16 cms. …Read the whole article…

A granite gravestone

Usually I do not write about the sculptures I execute for other sculptors, because it's their design and I can not go showing off with their work. But last month, I carved a granite tombstone to the design of sculptor Gerard Overeem. He was satisfied with the result and was happy with me mentioning it on this blog. …Read the whole article…

Four pieces at a time….

the polishing work on the upper side of a panipitha in black graniet2 The polishing work on the upper side of a panipitha in black graniet1
cutting a block of granite Rosa Porinho with the angle grinder splitting a block of dolomite with wedges
Panipitha

This past week I spent time working on four different projects at once, all of a different nature. First of all, the work on the black, square panipeetha just goes on. I've already shaped the top side and started sculpting the last four sides with the Lotus Motif. …Read the whole article…

Cutting granite with an angle grinder

cutting granite with an angle grinderEvery once in a while I will carve a sculpture for another sculptor. This Saturday I started sawing a hefty block of granite for a tombstone. Because it's not my own design I will not say too much about it, but I can write something about the process. …Read the whole article…

Two videos of a lingam and panipitha

The video below I got sent today, and the one above a bit earlier. On these can be seen how the lingam and panipitha I carved out of granite got a waterflow. The lingam is a symbol for Shiva, and is regarded by believers not just as an image, but as Shiva itself. During a ritual of ablutions (abhishekam) , during recitation of Vedic chants, water is poured over the lingam. …Read the whole article…