Bronze sculpting is messy. It really doesn't matter which part of it you do, it's a mess from start to finish. Although many of my sculptures are cast at an art foundry and they do almost all the work, we have to, too often, do some of the gritty stuff here at the studio. That's where I've been the last few days; in a room, literally grinding away at bronze, wearing heavy leather clothes, a dusk mask, massive thick gloves and so forth, for the protection of both the inside and outside of my body. It's hot, hurts and tiring. I'm not complaining, just stating the facts.