A video of a pointing machine

pointing machine with wooden cross and brass needle

Pointing machine with wooden cross and brass needle

pointing machine with needle and stop

The needle of the Pointing machine with the stop

YouTube can be a convenient medium if you are looking for something… like how a pointing machine actually works. That's how I came across a video by sculptor Jason Arkles (The Sculptor’s Funeral): ‘How to use a pointing machine for carving marble’. …Read the whole article…

Ten tips-2: from design to stone

Ten tips for beginning sculptors-2: from design to stone

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stone statue in the making and model. Click image for link to the first article on this sculpture

Readers of my blog may know it already: I have a thorough dislike of measuring. By measuring I mean taking a distance with a ruler or a tape measure, then remember that and reproduce it on the block of stone. …Read the whole article…

Saint Luke's bull

Lucas bull tower Eusebiuskerk

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As I mentioned earlier, these weeks I'm still busy carving corbels for St Eusebius' Church in Arnhem, for its tower to be exact. Last week the (large) blocks for the four evangelists arrived, and now the relief with the bull is finished. …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…

A thorough dislike of measuring

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Long live the copyshop! The title of this post is obviously a bit exaggerated. A sculptor in stone can't avoid taking measurements every once in a while. …Read the whole article…

Direct carving vs indirect carving

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Bob Ross-the joy of painting.

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However much I like to find my way through the stone while carving, it's not always the most convenient way of working, especially when working a large piece. The advantage of the direct carving method is that your thoughts about the shape are growing along with the shape itself, and that you might work a little more directly. …Read the whole article…