Two squirrels in red sandstone

Grove kleischets in Plastiline: two squirrels

crude, small sketch in plastiline clay

A close acquaintance of mine recently died after battling for 13 th anniversary this year. One of the last things he did was secretly save money, to be able to give a small sculpture to his wife for her birthday . …Read the whole article…

Installing: A garden bench for Castle Twickel

During dead quiet weather, a very thick branch of a tree fell down.

During dead quiet weather, a very thick branch of a tree fell down.

During dead quiet weather, a very thick branch of a tree fell down.

The concrete backrest with lead relief and the seat were the most damaged parts.

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Today, it was a hot sunny day. With a little power shovel machine and lifting straps we lifted the components of the garden bench and assembled them on site. …Read the whole article…

A puzzle in sandstone

The seat of the bench is ready

The seat of the bench is ready

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The next step in the restoration of the garden bench for Twickel Castle is reached: all parts are now ready and now everything must be fitted together. On the left the new sandstone seat is ready. Now the backrest must be fitted. But before that is possible, the backrest itself must be ready. Today I picked up the lead relief. …Read the whole article…

A faun's garden bench for Twickel Castle

garden bench Twickel

The bench, before the fateful blow

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As I reported earlier I am currently restoring a garden bench for Twickel Castle with new sandstone components. First, I carved the legs, and now the other parts are being made. It's a somewhat strange bench, …Read the whole article…

Sandstone Sphinxes… or are they Satyrs?

weathered limestone garden ornaments and garlands with sphinxesA thick branch of an oak tree in a big crash wreaked havoc on a garden bench at Castle Twickel. Multiple parts of the bench were broken or damaged, and thus this monumental piece of garden furniture was in great need of a thorough restoration. …Read the whole article…

Two videos of a lingam and panipitha

The video below I got sent today, and the one above a bit earlier. On these can be seen how the lingam and panipitha I carved out of granite got a waterflow. The lingam is a symbol for Shiva, and is regarded by believers not just as an image, but as Shiva itself. During a ritual of ablutions (abhishekam) , during recitation of Vedic chants, water is poured over the lingam. …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…

Of a garden that grew

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Granite panipitha
Today I received the above picture of the panipitha via email, and was surprised how the garden around it has grown by now , since at the time of installing it was all still a mud bath and only this spring the first plants were planted. Very good manure they used, one might think. …Read the whole article…

Placement of large Shivalingam and Panipitha

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Sivalingam

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Sivalingam Voltuid3

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It might become the greatest Shivalingam North Holland, perhaps in the Netherlands; I wouldn't know. It stands at the Sri Sai Mandiram in Onderdijk. Shiva lingam, Shivling, Shivalinga, lingam yoni, linga, Shivaling, Shivling, Shiva linga, Shiv ling, panipitha lingam, black lingam, …Read the whole article…