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 flying buttress figurines 6 and 7 of St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem

A photograph was sent by Slotboom Stonemasons. The Trieste Das in the foreground is chopped by Stide.

It was a motley collection I got in my yard: the Noah's ark, which 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 that it should propose a Capercaillie. Finally Stide has a cut Das Trieste. At least, we thought. Others thought it was supposed to be a dog, but there was a dog. It could also be a Sad Young Bears (See the slideshow below for pictures of it).

not Beautiful

Without too arrogant to want to be, I dare say that the original sculpture is not of the highest class. There was a suspicious lion with all sorts of weird flaws such as too thin waist, big legs and a short tail, a belly side still beats shore and no tail. Only the head was nicely styled. I tried to imagine what it was at the time went: Theo van Reijn was old and left it to a student. I think this is chopped by the student that he was not satisfied, and they have adapted to the best ability to still make some of. Then, another may chop the head.

Bertha with the Big Feet

The Naked Wife had quirks: its (too large) head is in a position which is only possible if you have an owl in your ancestry, one leg was twice as thick as the other, she had no breasts and a very wide cross, and finally she has huge feet. Those feet so I left, but a few other things I had to do a little straightening, otherwise it really does not look. 'Nice is not it, boss, she has finished hearing!’ -"What have you done? You're staring at that bird forgotten! well well, you know what, heel which one leg but thinner, then the tail can still out. No-one will notice.’

construction Sculpture

Now this kind of flying buttress figurines should actually have a somewhat naive look to fit into the tradition. When it all gets too perfect, loses its atmosphere and endearing effect. Also, the medieval sculpture to other churches and cathedral is characterized by that not be too anatomically correct way of displaying, with a playful directness. That is one of the main features of this type of construction sculpture. That's why we did our best to rather preserve the atmosphere of each frame and strengthen. A number of frames are simply copied, other, like the ark in my previous post About this series of images flying buttress, I've provided some more details and expression. The female has got breasts she covered chaste, her legs are now both equally thick, and she has a little less surly face. Only the head is in a weird position and some on the large side. Not everything can be overcome without creating a different picture, but it has become a more acceptable thing. It also helps that the Muschelkalk is a lot lighter, so it draws all better now.


If I'm a statuette heels, I start cutting with the saw machine Saw my picture. Sawing the contours of the model after a new block of stone. So if something is missing, I saw that in the copy path. The machine is not computer-controlled, but simply a manually operated device. Therefore, I can still have some adjustments, but mostly I fill out the missing parts with plasticine clay, which is not hard. When I'm done I can so again Hide, and that's good, because they're the originals still sell at the Eusebiuskerk.

Petra van Stijn and Gerda Mulder in the flying buttress figurines. the capercaillie (The 'headless chicken’ in video) I have now copied, see the below slideshow. Petra says very optimistic that the images last for fifty years, but it totally depends on the circumstances! If you put a picture in the grass under a tree, he crumbled within ten years. Read more about the weathering of tuff.

dental Iron

On the old tufa images are clear even to find traces of the chisels. Therefore, I paid close attention to the finish, and especially the traces of the tooth iron (a serrated chisel) give a vivid effect. Dental Irons you have flat teeth (a Gradine) and point positions. I usually use a tooth chisel, flat teeth, I crisscross applicable across the image, so that there is a separate effect. Other portions are emphasized with the flat chisel. See the slideshow below for the first results.

Now I'm already busy with the next series of flying buttresses 6: a barn owl, another ark with Noah inside, a Cape buffalo and a penguin headless. Next time more!


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Removing a pedestal with the concrete chainsaw

Last Wednesday I was at the gardens of Estate De Schaffelaar in Barneveld, the Netherlands. I had to remove a plinth of Belgian bluestone, that was anchored with four stainless steel pins of 2 centimetres thick to a concrete foundation. Of course the solution was the concrete chainsaw on 230 Volts (Cardi Coccodrillo 35 or, in sold here as the Renova chainsaw). The base will in due course be reinstalled inside the main building itself, but more on that later. …Read the whole article…

Flying Buttress statuettes for St. Eusebius' Church Arnhem

Restoration St. Eusebius' Church gets going again

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Good news! There is another budget for the restoration of the Eusebius Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands). Today a press release came out that the municipality and province have provided funding for a transitional period of a few months, and the expectation is that the rest of the restoration project will in time be provided for as well. As a result, I can now report that the next few months I will be busy carving a whole batch of new statuettes for the flying buttresses of this church. Below is an account of the first two that Stide and I made. …Read the whole article…

Moses and Aaron-Veghel

Lambertus Veghel façade with statues of Moses and Aaron

Today I once again started on an interesting restoration job. I went to St. Lambert's church in Veghel to collect two statues: Moses and Aaron, carved in Udelfanger sandstone. The statues date back to about the construction time of the church, round 1860. …Read the whole article…

Disassembling tuffstone with a concrete chainsaw

Stide lifting a block that has been cut loose from the wall

Stide lifting a block that has been cut loose from the wall

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Today my colleague Stide and I were in Nijmegen again. We are presently replacing a number of ornaments on the South Portal of St. Stephen's Church all of them (20 trefoils, 7 consoles, 20 crockets and 3 capitals), and right now we're arriving at the removal of the last blocks. …Read the whole article…


provided stratenmaker1When carving a sculpture out of a block of stone it will be obvious that a lot of stone, will have to be removed. Just removing that stone is not too complicated, and with the right tools that can go very quickly . The point is just to know where it needs to be removed, and usually there is a lot of reduce all the measuring involved (which happens to be not my favorite activity) and that takes the most time. …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 a Husqvarna Cut-n-break saw. This one as well is available on petrol or electrical. …Read the whole article…