As I have finished with all the castings I can't show you, I decided to get back into some stone carving. There are a couple of pieces I have been looking at for some time, considering which areas need more work. There are two pieces I decided to work on at the same time, bouncing back and forth between the two. This helps me to stay fresh on each piece. I work until I am tired of it or uncertain what to do next and then I switch over to the other piece until I am tired of that one.
This bronze sculpture of Daniel Boone is by Raymond Graf, a well known sculptor based in Louisville Kentucky. It was commissioned by the Daniel Boone Festival Committee and has been installed at the Knox County Court House in Barbourville, Kentucky. I took this photo while it was being finished, and has a lot of the marks of chasing. But, in spite of being in this rough stage, the quality of the work is apparent. The face is wonderfully expressive and there is a lot of attention to detail all through the piece. It's really an outstanding sculpture. Raymond Graf has done a great deal of portrait sculpture- Pee Wee Reese, Colonel Sanders and jockey Pat Day to name just a few.