Media Studio Renovation


Today a team of monks and taskforcers and karma yogis teamed up to strip the Media Studio in readiness for the new renovation. The main accomplishments were the amazingly energetic 92-minute removal of the old flooring and the disaaaembly of the Pine Room seen in this photo behind the wall on the left. In the days ahead the ceiling will come down.

Model of a Silpi Sharpening Chisels

Our master sculptress, Holly Young, is busy on the Big Island. Today she sent us photos of the completed life-size wax showing an Iraivan silpi sharpening a mild-steel chisel. These chisels last about 5-7 minutes before the hard granite dulls them beyond use. So hundreds need to be sharpened ever two days. Here Manikandan is about to strike the blow on the red-hot and malleable end of the chisel. Here a brick is shown underneath, but in real life it is a solid piece of metal.

This is the third in the series of nine sculptures that will tell the story of how Iraivan Temple was envisioned, designed and built.

Sharpening chisels


Our master sculptress, holly Young, is busy on the Big Island. Today she sent us photos of the completed life-size wax showing an Iraivan silpi sharpening a mild-steel chisel. These chisels last about 5-7 minutes before the hard granite dulls them beyond use. So hundreds need to be sharpened ever two days. Here Manikandan is about to strike the blow on the red-hot and malleable end of the chisel. Here a brick is shown underneath, but in real life it is a solid piece of metal. This is the third in the series of nine sculptures that will tell the story of how Iraivan Temple was envisioned, designed and built.

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