Carving Commissions #1: Rampant Lion

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Blog entry by Amcarver posted 04-22-2012 02:50 PM 2340 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Commissioned Carving ~ The Rampant Lion

Been a long while since I got a nice commission like this. The “Rampant Lion” is based on a Scottish Coat of Arms which is the subject of my collector. He gave me nothing more than a piece of clip-art that he wanted reproduced as a carving in the round.

I’ve started the carving with a clay maquette, used to help realize the design of the carving in 3 dimensions. I just glued up the basswood block this morning and will post entries as I progress through the woodcarving.

-- E.R. Bunn,

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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 04:19 PM

Man that is sweet! That looks like clay it’s hare to tell from the picture, are you starting the carving now? What kind of wood are you going to use?

-- Dennis Zongker

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 05:07 PM

Great job on the clay!

If you do as good with the wood, the client will be thrilled.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 08:16 PM

That is fantastic. It can’t be too easy to go from a 2-dimensional clip art photo to a full round maquette without a lot of experience!


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#4 posted 04-22-2012 09:27 PM

Your Lion is amazing and thank for posting the armature. I am getting started in clay again after so many years, I keep mis-shaping my armatures and adjust them while working on it.. sigh… so… I am so excited that you are going to blog a project. I stalked your website and you inspired me to hire a model for figure studies in clay and started to dry four 3ft long sections of poplar for carving. I am far back on the curve, but it does feel like riding a bike. Thank you.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 07:06 PM

Great job with the clay. Interesting to see how you approach this work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 04-24-2012 02:53 AM

nice work on the module. also curious, what type of wood you’ll use. but i’m sure will all find out sooner or later.

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