Dan McArdle Completes Statue for St. Vincent’s Hospital, Billings
Guild member, Dan McCardle recently completed a large project for St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings.
Dan carved the Jesus from laminated 12/4 Basswood. He used these tools: an electric chainsaw, angle grinder, freehand trim router with a carbide burr, Proxxon Merlin, Orbital sander, dremel tool and of course a variety of hand gauges and hand sanding. The carving is finished with shellac and Tried and True Original.
The piece started as 2 freehand sketches on notebook paper-front view and side view. Dan then had Sibley’s Helena Blueprint enlarge the sketches to life sized patterns which he used to guide his glue-up and roughing in. According to Dan, “this was a fun project. I’m now in the Jesus business!”
Here are some images from Dan’s progress on the statue: