An interesting gable stone

A plaque in the making for the Blue Tram street in Haarlem

Last week I started on a very interesting challenge: the carving of a new gable stone relief. The project deserves some explanation, because it includes a lot more than just this one relief. …Read the whole article…

Coat of arms in stone completed

family crest stone in stone completed, coat of arms carved in Belgian bluestone, arduin, petit granit-to the first post about this project-

These past few weeks I carved a family coat of arms in stone for a customer.
It was a top quality piece of stone, as I found out soon enough: I never encountered such a rock hard piece of Belgian blue stone (arduin) in my previous works. This piece therefore more than deserved its name of ‘petit granit‘ by right then. It tested my skills to the limit, I have to say, and also my chisels; frequently the tungsten carbide chisel chipped at its cutting edge. …Read the whole article…

Flying Buttress statuettes for St. Eusebius' Church Arnhem

Restoration St. Eusebius' Church gets going again

← Read here the first post about this restoration

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

precutting flying buttres figurine1

the precutting of a flying buttress statuette

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Ten tips-3: Direct carving in stone

Ten tips for beginning sculptors in stone-3: Direct carving

1.← Click here for the first ten tips for beginning sculptors in stone: techniques-

2. ← Click here for the second ten tips for beginning sculptors in stone: measuring-

carving the main volumes in stone by direct carving method

startby carving the main volumes. Detailing is not important yet

Direct carving is a term for just taking up a chisel and hammer and start carving. The process is simple enough, but it has its difficulties as well, because direct carving also means trying to find your way through the stone. …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…