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    Default Big piece of rock

    Howdy. I haven't been around much lately, but don't worry- I've been keeping out of trouble. Main thing I'm working on is this big piece of rock.

    It started out as a 23,000 lb (5 metric tonne) block of Indiana Limestone. I worked with a stone mill near the quarries in Indiana to have them rough it out; they got it down to about 10,000 lbs (4,500 kg) and then I had it trucked to my shop, I've been slowly whittling it down since then. Installation is scheduled for Aug. 10th., so maybe I should stop goofing around and get to work...

    The starting block:

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    Early roughout, with my small model in the foreground:

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    A couple of months ago. You'll see my full size model of the head on the scaffolding behind the stone.

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    Current state of affairs, I'm working on the hands this week. The red hands are plastiline models.

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    This was a couple hours ago:

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    It's amazing to watch the creation of such wondrous works of art that you do. Art that will last for thousands of years after we are turned to dust and long forgotten.
    "Doc" - Neal L. Martin

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    "Never start vast projects with half-vast ideas." - - "Itís Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been"

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    You are going to put some serious ware on your Lindsay Air Graver by the time you finish that piece.LOL . Fabulous work. Thanks for posting.
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    Don

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    who's the subject?
    Mitch Moschetti

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    Wow!

    Saludos,
    Carlos
    Saludos,
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    "strive to produce work that the very best engravers do, set your mark high, aim for it, but don't be disappointed when you don't get to 100%, you will have done your best and that's what counts" - Phil Coggan


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    Quote Originally Posted by mitch View Post
    who's the subject?
    Father Arnold Damen (1815-1890). He founded Loyola University of Chicago and built Holy Family Church in Chicago. It will be placed on the campus of Loyola University this summer.

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    Amazing Arnold!! Good to see you back. Where have you been hiding??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam View Post
    Where have you been hiding??
    Hiding under a rock.

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    Dennis Reigel
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    an amazing undertaking, and a great result as well.

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