A monkey in a wig (flying buttress figurine)

flying buttress figurine Monkey, Copying from tuffstone into Muschelkalk

copying the Monkey

The old Monkey from tuffstone

One of the nicest flying buttress figurines from the series 'Noah's Ark’ by Theo van Reijn was now ready to be copied: a Monkey. The creature has an endearing belly, skinny legs and a Big Smile on its snout. And a wig.

That my sawing machine after all of the welding- and tinkering can now cut so accurately is also clearly visible in the pre-cut block. It saves quite a bit of work.

Thrift shop

In the pre-cut block of stone, the shapes of the Monkey are already easily identified

The old figurines from St. Eusebius's Church are all sold for charity, by which at least a portion of the cost will be covered. Such a restoration does of course not come cheap, and this time 96 flying buttress figurines alone will have to be made. Not to mention the hundreds of other new parts for the tower and the church.

This Monkey was immediately already tremendously popular at the auction, and I think his roguish smile is to blame for that.

Unfortunately, the pictures in this article are not so clear, because it was bad weather with very flat light when I finished the figurine.

But perhaps it is not a cheerful smile at all, but rather a wan face from abdominal pain!

The Monkey Blues?

The original statue was made around the years 1953. In those days, there were many deer parks and zoos with a monkey cage, where you could feed the monkeys yourself. Especially on Sundays whole families of people would buy a bag of peanuts, to throw the 'monkey nuts’ towards the primates, sitting a bit glum behind wire mesh on a bare rock. It may be clear that the monkeys did not always get a balanced diet, and would have had to make do with the peanuts that sometimes were thrown with paper bag and all. On other days they would no doubt have gotten better food. I myself have, though that was 15 years later, vivid memories of the deer park, with ominous signs saying that plastic bags were not good for the deer. "If you give the animals plastic, it's certain that soon none of them will survive.’ Perhaps that's how our monkey got his bulging edema belly?

Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

A Bear with a honeypot (flying buttress figurine)

The bear that didn't look like a bear

flying buttress statuette of bear with honeypot - old original tuff

flying buttress statuette bear with honey -new copy in muschelkalk limestone

And then the bear came with its long snout and blew out… no, he ate all the honey. This 'bear’ was the next flying buttress figurine for St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem which was to be copied into new stone. Only you have to look very good …Read the whole article…

A Desperate Monk, Reading (flying buttress figurine)

A Desperate Monk, Reading, Copying the statues

copying the Monk

Weather-beaten

The next flying buttress statue in the series for St. Eusebius's Church was a man in a monk's habit, reading a book and desperately grasping his forehead. The figurine had a quite strongly weathered surface, but the stone underneath was still fairly sound. However, it is to give any warranty Which …Read the whole article…

A Razorbill without a head (flying buttress figurine)

Presawing in the snow

Van Velzen sculptor overlooks snowy fields this winterThe next flying buttress figurine for St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem is ready. I've been busy presawing all the blocks that I had lying around for flying buttress 4 and 5 (read here more), before maybe a real frost period got in the way. Because my saw sits outside, I cannot use it during frost, because then …Read the whole article…

The whole sculptor's workshop is a Nativity scene

My Christmas stable is ready. Happy Holidays, happy Christmas and make it a VERY Good New Year!Beeldhouwerij van Velzen looks like a nativity scene with many flying buttress figurines of people and animals

Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

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 figurines from flying buttress no. 6 and 7 of St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem

A photograph that I was sent by Slotboom Stonemasons. The Sad Badger in the foreground was carved by Stide.

It was a motley collection I received at my yard: the Noah and his ark 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 could be a Capercaillie. …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 St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem (the Netherlands). This series has Noah's Ark as its theme. …Read the whole article…

Removing a pedestal with the concrete chainsaw

Last Wednesday I was at the gardens of Estate De Schaffelaar in Barneveld, the Netherlands. I had to remove a plinth of Belgian bluestone, that was anchored with four stainless steel pins of 2 centimetres thick to a concrete foundation. Of course the solution was the concrete chainsaw on 230 Volts (Cardi Coccodrillo 35 or, in sold here as the Renova chainsaw). The base will in due course be reinstalled inside the main building itself, but more on that later. …Read the whole article…

At night when I go to sleep… 14 angels on a journey

14 angels on a journey
Pack and go

“At night when I go to sleep… fourteen angels follow after me.” If you were raised Catholic and are over 30, then perhaps you'll remember this prayer before bedtime. This week I too had fourteen angels in the yard, but they did not follow after me. Indeed, I've them packed for shipping. There are seven old angels out of tuff stone and seven copies in new muschelkalk limestone, for flying buttress no. 32 of St. Eusebius's Church in Arnhem. …Read the whole article…

Seven trumpet angels for Eusebius's Church in Arnhem

← Read here the first post about this restoration

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 St. Eusebius's 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…