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It’s the last day of the course. I started a new stone yesterday and hope to get the basic form done today – first circular, then discus like. Then finish it at home.

I did manage to get that much done, so now it sits in the grass till I can get it and the first stone with the car. I’ll also rake up all my marble chips to use in the garden.

I noticed last night that the garden has languished this last week of dry, windy, heat. Now I can get back to full time gardening again – most likely full time watering. This is the worst drought in 20 years, they say.

Many years ago I saw some old ladies working on stone at a sculpting course by the sea, and I thought – I’m going to do that too when I get old. So now, after a few years tryng to get into such a course, I have done it.

I have tried to learn on my own and made many mistakes. Now I can learn about the proper tools, how to use them, security and the various kinds of stone.

After an hour of introduction we each chose a piece of stone and started pounding. I took a piece of Sala Marble. Everyone seemed to go almost directly to the power tools. It sounded like a nest of angry wasps revved up to volume 11. I chose to work with hand tools only for the first day, and got the foolish idea to make a hole through my stone by hand, figuring that that would be a good way to learn the tools and strengths of the stone.

The instructor informed me that there are drills for making holes, and that even the ancient Romans had drills (powered by slaves), and that I was dulling the points on the chisels. He sharpened them, gave me some pointers on angles and told me to continue with my experiment. At the end of todays session I had managed to get most of the way through without breaking the stone. Tomorrow!

Here’s what one of the instructors is working on.
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Wik Art School had their annual open house today.

This field of heads is a left over from former years. Some students have left behind portraits of each other from the sculpture class.

And here’s something you can do with an old rake and glass lamp covering.


Making garden art is another way to stay fit and active outdoors during the otherwise dormant months of winter.

Ever wonder what to do with all those logs left after the sick elms are cut down? You can use them for fuel, but some of the logs are too big to cut up easily. I love topiary, but it takes many years to sculpt a large one, so I’ve come upon a relatively instant way to do it.

My son started chipping away at this log a few years ago but didn’t get very far. It was taking up a lot of space in the workshop, so I got the chain saw out and made this, inspired by pictures of topiary in the english gardening magazines.

Simple geometrical forms suit me and the garden fine.

After forming them with the chainsaw and carving tools, I paint them with pine tar, giving them a beautiful brown black finish that smells of old time wooden fishing boats. Tar is an excellent wood preservative for boats and docks, etc.

I buy tar that is made in a natural process. It is produced by the destructive distillation of the wood and roots of pine. Some day I will try to make my own at home. It’s not too difficult if you do it small scale.

This is made from a birch log – not at all as good as elm.

This weekend the Uppsala Ice Festival opened.

We were there yesterday to have a look.

Each of the 15 sculptors received a 2 x 1 x 1 meter block of clear ice from the Jukasjärvi river to work with and many were still there working

Each year the city of Kiruna and Jukasjärvi build a hotel complex including a chapel, teater and a bar completely in ice. Even the tumblers for the drinks are of ice. Each room is built in ice and then sculpted by one or two artists.

The ice festival in Uppsala is an offshoot from the ice hotel in Jukasjärvi. The ice is from there and quite a few of the artists have worked at the yearly ice hotel.

I’ll have a wolfpaw please!
(lingon juice and vodka)