Easier start today, the first steps have been taken but it always take time to get back into the groove after a week full of…life. Several hours had passed and all of a sudden forms in the stone moved, oh wow, I love it when that happens, it seems to me the most exciting part of stone carving. Can see enough to orientate myself and that is where the true planning starts for me, I have something visual to hold on to and work with, I can make decisions and guide the forms into space available in the material, this stage is fairly loose and free, look forward to have a few days in which I am aiming to create a map of the forms in my mind that suit the stone/material and my idea. Go, go, go!Read more
Started to carve on my 200kg boulder, all ideas for now are out of the window as the boulder has a shape of it’s own and a grain that needs incorporating. Working with the grinder, enjoying the expansive space I am working with, the forms are loose at this stage, rolling over the stone like eyes roll over rolling valleys (have I been out to much with the dog sitting on hills?) questioning if making models and drawings over the last two weeks was to a large extent anxiety to get started for real…well no good worrying about it, time is moving on and looking at the calendar I have approximately 2 months to complete this carving (and another one).Read more
Always a challenge to prioritise, I could happily get more involved into the world of mould making and casting as it is all new and exciting… but I consciously steer away from it, keeping an eye on the stone carving, which is as exciting and needs in depth planning. I enjoy the motion of gaining a deeper understanding through drawing and model making, relating plans to the actual big lumps of rock, realising that a solidly considered plan before taking to the power tools is what I want. At times I feel like walking in the dark, at times I can see where I am coming from and which direction I am taking. It is not easy for me to visualise the whole form available to me and to make decisions where I want to reduce. I am getting there slowly knowing it is time and effort well spend.Read more
Making moulds, it went well days ago, but this time it seemed not straight forward when all of a sudden two pints of plaster poured out of my constructed frame, gritting my teeth the damage was cleared away and I discovered today that the moulds are fine, even removing the models intact. It is a strange sensation to see the negativ shape of a form, a shadow…it is a completely different process to carving a form, so instant, so effortless (despite the mentioned accident), space that has no matter but form..
We set off to in the morning to arrive in Cornwall by midday. Wim and Lar loading two big rocks in no time into Lar’s van. I am speechless watching Wim working and controlling the forklift, the way he wraps the webbing around the boulders, knowing exactly how the weight is going to settle down in it, then the precision in which he and Lar position the rocks in the van with the usual “up a bit down a bit”.
Wim was not totally sure what type of rock it is but for sure it will have a fine finish and be durable outside, blue-grey-pinky colouring, I am starting to carve next week. Ideas need to be tweaked a little as the shape of the boulders is slimmer than I imagined. Each boulder weighs approximately 200kg.
Being so near the sea, we had to have some time by it, a flavour of holiday. Don’t worry I am not sharing ALL the snapshots with you.
Travelling back to Stroud chatting, sipping coffee, enjoying some brownies and Goldfrapp, arriving early evening at the workshop near Whiteway. Whilst it is tipping it down Sebastian, Will and Lar are unloading the stones via a ramp and rollers. They know how to handle huge amounts of weight confidently. The stones I handled so far could be carried by two people…I know I am entering a new arena and even though it is daunting it also is very exciting! I have been waiting for this moment a long time and now I am here, I am stepping into the unknown, I am taking a risk.
This journey to Cornwall alone needed the support of many people, Lar for all the driving, conversations and dipping toes into the sea, Wim who gifted me the stones, Sebastian and Will who came out on this rainy evening to unload. THANK YOU!!Read more
The fourth model has changed considerably since I started it on sunday. The thought of having a transient almost disintegrating form has moved on to a inside out form that displays internal and external it is more complex then the previous models.
In my mind this model works well in combination with the others. The next step will be to make moulds of the clay models and to cast them in different materials. How much these models will be represented in the stone carving I am going to start on next week?….a flavour will remain I am sure.
Tomorrow is a big day, I am going to travel down to Cornwall with my friend Lar to pick up some big stones…I am very excited!Read more