Grind to a halt

Grind to a halt

Nothing was different to other days when I went to my workshop…even got myself some new smaller and dished grinding disks to find better access to some areas in the stone. I was suddenly aware of the limitations of the way I am working this heavy lump..no lifting equipment, no possibility to mount the boulder on a turntable and power tools eating their way into the material, I haven’t got the dexterity (yet!) to work the form to satisfying precision at that speed. So, back to hand tools for the subtle working out of the form and sorting out a way to put the sculpture on a plinth/stand so I can view the form all the time from all sides. I am glad in some ways that I feel the need to do that, a longing to move through the stone rather than staying on one side. I have gained a understanding how form penetrates in all directions. A challenging day but as my friend Wim says ” making sculpture is constant problem solving” oh it sure is and I normally thrive on that but some days it feels like all is “grinding to a halt”.

Stone 1, 16.05.2013

Stone 1, 16.05.2013

 

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Limited by tools

Limited by tools

New grinding attachments are needed to create a variety of forms, might try to use my stone carving tools, but have a feeling the stone is to brittle to take it. Grinding the stone is gentle and appropriate on this type. It is frustrating to undercut or round off a form but the grinding disk is too big to do the job (or am I to inexperienced with the grinder?! is there a saying “never blame your tools?”). I had a good week, the forms have taken on much more shape and direction if still clumsy looking.

Stone 1, 10.05.2013

Stone 1, 10.05.2013

Stone 1 side view, 10.05.2013

Stone 1 side view, 10.05.2013

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In tune

In tune

I am familiar with the shape of the stone, when drawing I can almost move in the mass, navigating my way from side to side and upside down…a good place to be, to make decisions that are in tune with the material and it’s form and slowly (as always) the idea for the form get’s tighter, gains tension and flows in it’s space, but of course easier said then done….I am on my way.

Idea for stone 1, 08.05.2013

Idea for stone 1, 08.05.2013

Form starting to move in different directions, 09.05.2013

Form starting to move in different directions, 09.05.2013

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Slow mass

Slow mass

This stone carving business is again and again taking me by surprise, in how much it requires of me to slow down and to be patient also counting in the size of the stone, a scale I am not yet familiar with. Talking of size…the weight is almost unmanageable…almost!! with a few rollers, sandbags as well as a huge leaver I succeed in moving the 200kg into a different position, luckily it did not drop off the workbench in the process, phew, never thought it could feel so satisfying moving a lump of rock. Of course what greets me on the other side is a unworked surface…now a new challenge starts, how to move the form within the three dimensional landscape, I know I want some “twisting, pulling, rising”, do I want it to happen within one form or in several forms. I don’t know…want to work it out but won’t get the chance for a few days, so here I unplug myself again, trying to focus on the time that I will have next week to carve rather then thinking of the days I haven’t got.

Stone 1, 05.05.2013

Stone 1, 05.05.2013

Stone 1 "the other side", 05.05.2013

Stone 1 “the other side”, 05.05.2013

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Something is happening

Something is happening

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!

Stone carving 1, 02.05.2013

Stone carving 1, 02.05.2013

Stone carving 1 in progress, 02.05.2013

Stone carving 1 in progress, 02.05.2013

Stone carving 1 in progress, 02.05.2013

Stone carving 1 in progress, 02.05.2013

Stone carving 1, 02.05.2013

Stone carving 1, 02.05.2013

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Made a beginning

Made a beginning

Stone carving 1, 26.04.2013

Stone carving 1, 26.04.2013

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).

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