Step 2:  Sculpting full size blue foam original

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Here I am with Mrs. Hodge, the principal of McLane Elementary School.  McLane will be the first recipient of Spring Snow (casting #1 of 20).  Eventually, there will be 20 bronze castings of Spring Snow made.   I'm leaning on a block of special foam which I will carve while students observe this step of the sculpting process.

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I find that sculpting requires staring and thinking. The maquette is my reference for drawing simple guide lines onto the sides and top of the block.

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This block of special foam is an excellent material for starting a sculpture like this.  It is strong but not heavy and it cuts and carves easily with hand tools.  It is not Styrofoam.

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I still have the maquette in my left hand and refer to it with each cut that I make.

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I listen to a few more questions before heading back to my own studio to continue the process.

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Sharp knives, scrapers, Surform wood tools and other carving files are used at this stage.

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This carving will serve as an armature (or support) to be covered with a thin layer of clay.   A solid block of clay this size could easily weigh 50 pounds.

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