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Carry on, move on

Carry on, move on

Aware of my limited experience working with stone on a larger scale I lost heart for a few days, I literally did. The constant thinking about the carving, the forms, the drive to get to the workshop...where did it all go? It gave way to the sinking feeling that I...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Made a beginning

Made a beginning

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,...

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The rocks are here

The rocks are here

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...

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Form 3

Form 3

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...

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Form 2

Form 2

What is form?...a frozen moment in time..visible ultimate structure..can it be fluid, ephemeral, transient when made out of stone? Stone was not always hard, cold and solid, surely it can be taken back to a point when the mass was was not structured..would it work as...

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Casting beeswax

Casting beeswax

At times it is difficult to make connections between the different explorations but knowing that life itself moves in anything but a straight line I go along with where my nose takes me....thanks to my colleague and friend Anna Usborne I have...

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Taking shape

Taking shape

Today, despite the school holidays and the obvious mayhem at home, I was able to have a few quiet hours in the studio. Yesterdays plans and models moving towards a more definite vision with the confidence that I can archive a form along those lines in stone. I can't...

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