Making The War Horse

Designing the Memorial
Designing the Memorial
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Working at Black Isle Bronze
Working at Black Isle Bronze
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Work in Progress
Work in Progress
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Detail of work in progress
Detail of work in progress
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Detail of work on the enlargement
Detail of work on the enlargement
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Work on the enlargement
Work on the enlargement
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Bronze casting
Bronze casting
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Sixteen parts
Sixteen parts
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WHM in bronze being welded
WHM in bronze being welded
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Work on the bronze
Work on the bronze
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Body & legs together
Body & legs together
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Closeup of forehead
Closeup of forehead
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Closeup of eye
Closeup of eye
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Bronze work finished
Bronze work finished
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A magical moment.
A magical moment.
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Detail of hind fetlocks and hooves
Detail of hind fetlocks and hooves
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Sanding the bronze
Sanding the bronze
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WHM leaving Black Isle Bronze
WHM leaving Black Isle Bronze
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Me working on the bronze.JPG

It took nine months to complete the War Horse Memorial at Black Isle Bronze Nairn.

The 1 1/2 life-size War Horse Memorial was made by creating an original maquette from which an enlargement pattern was produced. I applied the foundry recipe mixture to the enlargement pattern to create a workable surface to recreate texture and detail. The War Horse was then sand-cast in bronze but the ears and tail were cast with the lost wax method. The bronze parts were then assembled and welded together. The welds were worked on so they were no longer visible.  The monument in bronze was checked and worked on and final details finished.  The barbed wire was made. The sculpture was then sandblasted and the patina applied.

I travelled to Inverness many times to follow and work on the memorial. Farquhar Laing of Black Isle Bronze and his Team are professional and a pleasure to work with.