Frequently Asked Questions
The four different castings are all made from the first original clay model. A latex mold is made for all four types of sculptures and this latex mold captures every detail – even fingerprints.
A. The first type, the Foundry Edition, is the most labor intensive.
First a wax casting is made from the latex mold for each Foundry Edition Sculpture poured. A new wax casting is made for each sculpture created.
Each wax casting is then artistically enhanced to add any more detail, or to remove any imperfections which creates a unique sculpture for each sculpture in this category.
The wax then goes through the “lost wax process”, see video on story site to see this process. This step takes a team, a foundry, and a lot of heat!
Ronald Bayens will then hand grind and polish each piece. After which, he will add a patina, again by hand, to each sculpture. Because this method is incredibly labor intensive requiring specialized skills throughout the whole process, this type of sculpture is limited to only 12 pieces for sale.
B. The second type of sculpture is Cold Casting. Cold Casting is a recent invention of a way of casting bronze without utilizing the molten bronze process as used for the Foundry Edition above.
Real bronze powder is mixed with a resin and poured by hand into the latex mold of the original. This is a tricky process, as the powder is heavy and needs to be evenly distributed.
Afterward, cast is then ready to be polished, and a patina added as the surface is a genuine bronze. The Cold Casting type of sculpture has the look and feel of the Foundry Sculpture described above without the higher cost.
C. The Copper Patina Sculptures are resin casts.
The resin casts for the Copper Patina Sculptures are made from multiple duplicate molds made from a master casting. (Only the Bronze Sculptures, the Foundry Edition and the Cold Castings, are made from the original mold.)
The Copper Patina Sculptures are hand painted with copper which oxidizes each sculpture to create an individualized traditional green patina motif called Verdigris.
A video of this process can be seen by clicking the photo on the Project Page.
D. The Rust Patina Sculptures are also resin casts.
The resin casts for the Rust Patina Sculptures are made from multiple duplicate molds and are painted with iron powder.
These sculptures are then rusted to give them warm reddish tones before having a clear coat applied to stop the rust process and to the enhance color.Last updated:
Bill Mason is such an inspiration and I understand that proceeds from all sales are allocated to his Scholarship fund as well as a Full-Size Bronze Monument in his likeness. Can you give me more details about the Full-Size Bronze Monument?
A portion of the funds target the building of a Full-Size Bronze Monument created by Ronald Bayens. Updates are found on the Bill Mason Canoe Facebook page.Last updated:
Yes, each sculpture is an original numbered work of art.Last updated:
Ronald Bayens will be filming the parts of which that he cannot participate. The lost wax process is a separate, highly-skilled vocation dating back over 2,000 years and involves very high temperatures and molten metal as well as apprenticeships to learn the process. However, all the finishing work on each sculpture will be applied by Ronald Bayens.Last updated:
After this first edition, “Bill Running Little Thompson Rapids, Petawawa River”, Ronald Bayens is already creating the next edition entitled “Portaging”. Currently, plans for sculptures with scenes of flatwater solo and flatwater tandem, wilderness camping, and others are being carefully considered. A definite number of editions has not yet been determined.Last updated:
Updates can be found on the Kickstarter Page, as well as on the Bill Mason Canoe Facebook Page Located through this link: https://www.facebook.com/BillMasonCanoeLast updated:
Bill Mason has been called a “Canadian Icon” and information about him can be found
Online through these links:
Books about Bill Mason:
Fire in the Bones by James Raffin
Bill Mason: Wilderness Artist from Heart to Hand by Ken Buck
Books by Bill Mason:
Path of the Paddle
Song of the Paddle
The way Kickstarter works is that it has to charge in the currency of the country of origin.
The project page is being run by Ronald Bayens, a Canadian/American currently living in Northeast Tennessee. People backing the project will pay the equivalent of the stated price in the country from which they are ordering.Last updated:
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