Presawing in the snow
The next flying buttress figurine for St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem is ready. I've been busy presawing all the blocks that I had lying around for flying buttress 4 and 5 (read here more), before maybe a real frost period got in the way. Because my saw sits outside, I cannot use it during frost, because then …Read the whole article…
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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
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…
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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…
Restoration St. Eusebius' Church gets going again
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Good news! There is another budget for the restoration of the
St. Eusebius's 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. Flying buttress sculptures for St. Eusebius's
the precutting of a flying buttress statuette
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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…
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
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. South Portal of St. Stephen's Church …Read the whole article…
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When 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 involved ( reduce all the measuring ) and that takes the most time. which happens to be not my favorite activity …Read the whole article…
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:
( chain saw for stone and concrete , with hydraulic , or on a petrol engine ) 230 volts
-or an . This one as well is available Husqvarna Cut-n-break saw or electrical. on petrol …Read the whole article…