South Portal of St. Stephen's Church: scaffolding removed

20 trefoils, 20 crockets, 7 consoles and three capitals of the southern portal of the Stevenskerk

The South Portal of St. Stephen's Church has now gotten its scaffolding removed, and it's become a real sight to behold. …Read the whole article…

According and finishing

New side crockets, consoles and trefoils for St. Stephen's Church in Nijmegen-situation before finishing. Top left: a view of the bottom of the original console that has been preserved.

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The project at the South Portal of St. Stephen's Church is now completed. Today Stide and I first went on with according. When all the pieces are placed in mortar, there will always be a spot somewhere where the connection is not quite optimal. According means making the pieces fit by carving away bits of stone in appropriate places. …Read the whole article…

Placing the side crockets

new crockets placed on south portal Stevens church in Nijmegen

the new side crockets are very close to the new consoles, but that was just the same in the old situation. Far left you can see a small piece of new trefoils

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The 100th post on this blog has been reached, and today we had (my colleague Stide and I) had another milestone as well: the mounting work on St. Stephen's Church in Nijmegen is nearly done. Today the mounting of the side crockets got almost finished. …Read the whole article…

Patching up and replacing new blocks

Stevenskerk jointing 2

On a scaffolding often means working in quite tight corners

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'Patching up’ was originally a fishing term for repairing fishing nets, from a time when these still had to be painfully repaired by manual labour with a spool of wire. Nowadays the term is used in all sorts of professions as designation for the re-filling of holes in work previously done. …Read the whole article…

Carving a capital on a stormy day

for chopping 3-kapiteel

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Today was a pretty windy day. I was glad everything was still standing when I arrived this morning. The project at the South Portal meanwhile steadily goes on; I am now busy carving a capital (both the stone masonry and sculpture work) which will be placed somewhere on the left outside of the portal. Currently I've arrived at carving the leaf motif. …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…

Seven consoles for the South Portal

console zuiderportaal1

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The consoles for the south portal the Stevens Church Nijmegen are now finished. There are seven of them, and they are all different. The trefoils and the crockets are almost ready as well. …Read the whole article…

Corbels for St Stephen's Church

old weathered consoles and lace flowers

the wires are against the pigeons

After another period filled with carving all kinds of sculpture for third parties, my colleague Stide Vos and I got to carve a whole batch of sculpted ornaments for St. Stephen's Church in Nijmegen in Nijmegen. I took up the corbels. …Read the whole article…