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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Noah and his ark: from tuff to limestone

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Noah new in MuschelkalkAfter the previous series of flying buttress statues for the Eusebius Church in Arnhem (read here more) it has been quiet at my studio for a long time -with regards to the work on the Eusebius church at least. Funding had been allocated for its restoration, but before it's finally on the bank account of the church, apparently a lot of water first needs to pass under the bridge. But now that all suffering is over with, I can speed along with the work on a series of flying buttresses on the north side of the church. …Read the whole article…

Noah's Ark, up in the air

flying buttress figurines with theme Noah's Ark-1

flying buttress figurines with theme Noah's Ark-new blocks ofMuschelkalk limestone

new blocks of Muschelkalk limestone

Yesterday I received a new batch of stone again: seven new blocks of Muschelkalk limestone and seven old flying buttress statuettes, from the Eusebius Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands). This series has Noah's Ark as its theme. …Read the whole article…

Seven trumpet angels for Eusebius's Church in Arnhem

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Good news

Two weathered Tuff trumpet angels of Eusebius' Church in Arnhem

Two weathered Tuff Angels with trumpet

As you may perhaps remember… there was good news for the Eusebius Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands). The Church was assigned by the Dutch National Service for Cultural Heritage 1,9 million euros for its restoration. …Read the whole article…

The final pinnacle for St. Cunera's tower

Last pinnacle for St. Cunera's tower. tuffstone block of Pinnacle of Cunera's tower

old weathered pinnacle block

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The restoration of St. Cunera's tower in Rhenen is nearing its end. My colleague Jan Tolboom from Leusden had taken on the commission to supply all of the ornaments for this project, namely eight large pinnacles and some crockets. …Read the whole article…

Pinnacle for a flying buttress of St. Cunera's tower

Ornaments Cuneratoren Rhenen1

the lower block of the pinnacle

Currently, St. Cunera's tower in Rhenen, the Netherlands, is being restored. Most of the old Tuff stone blocks are being replaced by Muschelkalk . I carved a number of ornaments on some profiled blocks, for (and in cooperation with) my colleague Jan Tolboom. …Read the whole article…

The corbels have been installed

Corbel of Matthew in Muschelkalksteen, installed in the tufa tower of the Eusebius Church in Arnhem

credit photo: Rothuizen Architects

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The last corbel I carved for St. Eusebius' church was a representation of the evangelist Matthew: a winged man/angel. Meanwhile, the corbel stones are installed in the façade of the tower. You can see how the whitish gray Muschel limestone contrasts with the more yellowish surrounding tuff …Read the whole article…