A faun with loss of face, for a castle

Loss of face

repairs on a fractured sandstone faun

The broken pieces are glued back together and the first mortar is applied

(Bicentenary post on this blog!)

From the garden of Singraven Estate in Denekamp, the Netherlands I received a faun in my studio this week. It was a cheerful fellow with a flute on his belly. Only he had lost the face; apparently something had fallen on top of it, for the whole right side of his face was missing. What was left of it …Read the whole article…

Jesus back into place again

Installing Jesus statueWith a new set of hands and on a new pedestal of the same French limestone the Sacred Heart statue is looking wonderful again. The statue was installed last Friday in a nice place, inside the school where it formerly stood in the basement: College Hageveld in Heemstede. …Read the whole article…

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose

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Made to fit exactly

restoring hands of statue from Hageveld

the original, broken, left hand

Not always everything goes as planned. I was energetically went to work with Sacred Heart statue that I had picked up in Heemstede. Making the new hands went smoothly and exactly as expected. I had some new pieces of the same limestone, so that all could be restored to the best standards. Well, that's what I thought. …Read the whole article…

Moses and Aaron back in place- in Veghel

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Moses and Aaron back . Portal Lambertuskerk Veghel restored with statues of Moses and Aaron

Yesterday with the men from Ruitenbeek Transportation I put the statues of Moses and Aaron back in place. The sandstone sculptures had been away for more than half a year; first I cut them loose in January, and then restored them in my workshop, after which they were impregnated to the core with acrylic resin by the Ibach firm in Germany. …Read the whole article…

An Artemis with weak ankles

Diana of Gabii damaged

the statue was missing an arm and had suffered damage to her robe

At the same time as the two sandstone putti at the end of last year I also got the commission of restoring a statue of Diana or Artemis. It turned out to be a casting of the famous sculpture that was made by the Greek sculptor Praxiteles: …Read the whole article…

Moses and Aaron on their way to Germany

restored statue of Moses, Veghel← to the first post about these statues-

As kids, we used to joke that Moses had the first car, because he went up the mountain in his Duckling (a Dutch play on the word for 'all alone' and a nickname for the Citroën 2CV). But this week the statue of Moses really went by car, and his brother Aaron went along with him. …Read the whole article…

The sandstone falcon is installed!

falcon with sandstone platform installed

With a big crane, the contractor installed the falcon.

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Today I got an email with a few photos from Franeker.

Construction company Van Marrum BV has installed for project developer, Elizen Vastgoed BV from Twello, the sandstone falcon on the front wall of the house. …Read the whole article…

Rusting iron in natural stone

rusting iron in limestone

Rusting iron in limestone. This place has already been sealed with cement once before . Because the iron wasn't treated at the time, the problem just continued to stay.

sulfur around iron in limestone

After the rust is cut away, the cause can be seen: the iron was cast in sulfur at the time. A little bit of moisture has a major impact.

iron before treatment and finishing

The anchor was cut free and made completely bare. Then it is treated against rust and restored with restoration mortar. A temporary solution.

Rusting iron in natural stone will usually cause major damage. For iron expands when it rusts, and in the worst case, will reach up to seven times its original thickness. Last week I came across another example of this, and it was soon clear that the cause lay in the construction itself. …Read the whole article…

Flora in her habitat

Garden statue Flora after recovery← to the first post on this statue

Yesterday I put the zinc/lead garden statue of Flora back into the wild. At this site it comes into its own, a very classic and graceful garden statue of the goddess of spring and flowers. …Read the whole article…