Coins Reproductions in Wood

A Series of Wood Carvings and Plaster Casts


Present Projects

Mold Making and Casting.

Under the tutelage of Caroll Gibson an experienced and talented sculptor of coins (see the coins on my front page), I am attempting to make casts of some of my woodcarvings and I am beginning to work in clay. My first attempts at both of these projects are shown below. The clay sculpture is of a nomos of Heraklea and the plaster cast is of a fantasy Trajan sestertius. I still have to work on the eyes and hair of Athena and figure out a way to make the casts look like bronze. . OK, I figured that out. Here is a link to my current projects.

carving of Heraclea stater, Athena wearing helmet carving of Heraclea stater, Athena wearing helmet Romas sitting on pile of Arms holding Victory in hand Romas sitting on pile of Arms holding Victory in hand
Athena wearing corinthian helmetThree molds for casts plaster casts drying in sun
Syracuse Tetradrachm signed by Kimon

carving of Syracuse tetradrachm, nymph arethusa on one side chariot on other
Below = Kind of a time lapse of the carving process. The image above is of the final piece prior to some final touch-ups
carving of Syracuse tetradrachm, nymph arethusa on one side chariot on other
carving of Syracuse tetradrachm, nymph arethusa on one side chariot on other


scene from ara pacis in Rome featuring tellus the greek earth mother
Panel from the Ara Pacis in Rome featuring Tellus, the Greek Earth mother and personification of wind and water. This one is big. that is the back of my car in the background. Click here to see a coin of Nero depicting the Ara Pacis


A carving of three of my favorite coins overlapping. This is the inlay atop my coin box - a coverted silverware box which is depicted below.





Carvings of Trajan

Each of the sides of these carvings is approximately 27 cm (10 1/2 inches) in diameter.


I finished this carving on Aug. 15, 2004 and it represents a fantasy piece. The reverse with Roma on a pile of arms was minted for all coins denomitations under Trajan. However when you enlarge a coin 8x, what looked like superb detail often turns into a cartoon-like image. Thus, I took this Roma from a 17th century Italian medal which had much better detail than the Roman counterpart.
carving of Trajan sestertius. Trajan bust on obverse. Spearing fallen horseman on reverse
carving of Trajan sestertius. Trajan bust on obverse. Spearing fallen horseman on reverse
The images above illustrate how lighting can vary the look of a relief scupture. Even on the wall or displayed on a coffee table, the carving will change its appearance throughout the day. I have a site on Elfwood to display my other carvings: http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/loth/b/u/bug/



Denarius of Trajan




Sestertius of Trajan



carving of Trajan sestertius. Trajan bust on obverse. soldiers hailing him as imperator on reverse

A second version of the coin above. This is a different carving done as a commission.

 


Please Touch!

Scenes from The Ancient Coin Museum at St. Louise de Marillac School in Pittsburgh. Teacher Zee Ann Poerio and her students have constructed a very impressive museum with the help of Ancient Coins in Education (ACE). I was honored to have my coin on exhibit.

carving of Trajan sestertius. Trajan bust on obverse. spearing enemy on reverse students and teacher examining carving students and teacher examining carving

A second version of the coin above. This is a different carving done as a commission.

Carvings of Greek Coins


This reproduction of Hieron the II Syracuse 16 Litrae is 17" x 10 1/2 " and is carved in Basswood. It features Philistis his wife on the obverse and Nike driving quadriga left on the reverse.

Next Subject: Lokris stater, nominated by Jim Gossett.







Time lapse of Carving

And not a coin, but an ancient theme of Nefertitti


Also not a coin, but Demeter in my rock border, raised bed garden.



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