Saturday, April 3, 2010

St. Theresa bases and 2 heads (better than 1)

I spent the last 2 weeks working on the stone sculpture bases for 2 antique Italian marble sculptures that will be replaced in St. Theresa Catholic Church's cemetery.

I laid out the recurve pattern onto the block with a compass, square and china marker.

I beveled the bottoms before standing them upright.

I used the 10" diamond blade to make cuts for taking off the main area of waste stone.

I used a diamond wheel on a 4" grinder to shape the recurved shoulders - first one side, then the other. The final forming was done with a sander using 36 grit paper.

The entire surface was polished using a sanding schedule of 36, 80, 120, 220 and finally 400 grit - 5 separate passes. Then, I repeated the process for the 2nd base.

I finished this week out with 2 head studies. They were designed to lay in a garden looking up at the sky, but they can be stood upright, and could be pinned and mortared into an architectural facade. They are featured on my new blog http:stonesculpturesforsale.blogspot.com.

This sculpture is entitled "Watcher of the Sky", measures 28" long x 9" wide x 8" thick and weighs approx. 50 lbs. It sells for $250.00, which includes packing by a UPS store, UPS ground and insurance.

This sculpture is entitled "Minerva", and it shows her in a helmet with the stylized beak and eyes of a bird of prey. It is carved from IN Limestone, measures 16" high x 10" wide x 8" thick and weighs approx. 25 lbs. It sells for $250.00, which includes packing by a UPS store, UPS ground and insurance.

The mysterious rock stackings of the Breckinridge Co. Blair Witch.

1 comment:

AVRL said...

Don, I love the spirally swirly sculptures. amazing stuff! nice to see you are following your stone dreams. --Angela R. (Flamehead)