Step 9:  The support form

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The support form for this first casting of Spring Snow is a granite rock chosen from my friend Dean Edenstrom's landscaping rock inventory.

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After this more than 400 pound stone is transported to my studio, I turn it upside down and construct a steel foot that will "level" the bottom of the stone.   To attach the foot I flatten a place on the rock.   I'm using a roto-hammer with a chisel point here.

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I continue the flattening with an angle grinder fitted with a masonry disk.

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Sandblasting is done to clean the sides and top of the rock and the steel foot.   This "foot" is then painted.

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Holes are drilled for the expansion pins that attach the steel foot to rock.

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These pins are then hammered into place.

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One sturdy foot ready to test!

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When I turn over the rock and temporarily place the sculpture on it, to my dismay I find that my calculation for the three point suspension is off.   The imbalance allows the rock to tip with relatively little pressure.

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So, once again, I turn the rock upside-down and add another foot in the needed place.

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This one is adjustable in height and effectively solves the problem. 

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