Carving Mother Mary #1: Finished Clay Half Scale

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 05-31-2017 02:23 PM 1044 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are a few pictures of Mother Mary in clay at half scale 30” tall. This one took me two months for approval, her face took me one month to fine a specific peaceful look, that the customer was looking for. Now I can start gluing up the large block of wood. So happy to make it to this stage, thank you for looking!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 05-31-2017 02:30 PM

Wonderful Dennis. Can’t wait to see the build. As always, I’m sure it will be spectacular.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#2 posted 05-31-2017 02:35 PM

Dennis, very cool. You’re quite the sculptor now. Is this what your background is or did you just kind of move into this over time as part of your woodworking/furniture business?

-- Gary in OP

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#3 posted 05-31-2017 02:42 PM

Awesome Dennis

-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 05-31-2017 03:17 PM

That’s truly beautiful and so very lifelike. Your an extremely gifted artist.

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#5 posted 05-31-2017 11:00 PM

You never cease to amaze Dennis. Beautiful workmanship.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 06-01-2017 12:01 AM

This is sure to be a truly amazing work. I look forward to see this happen.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 06-01-2017 12:21 AM

Dennis – Can I have the talent in your little finger, it’s just a little. PLEASE!!!!! Excellent work my friend.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 06-01-2017 01:42 PM

Dennis she is very beautiful I am looking forward to watching the steps you take carving her in wood. :)

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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#9 posted 06-01-2017 03:30 PM

She’s beautiful! I like that her face is youthful looking – which was the case according to the Bible scholars… Great work, I’m also looking forward to the build.

-- Pete

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#10 posted 06-01-2017 11:41 PM

You are just too talented Dennis. Beautiful again.
It’s looking like you have a new career as a Christian sculptor.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 06-02-2017 10:47 PM

Hi Gary, I just learn as I go and fell right into it. I had no idea I would be carving life size statues. Crazy lol

Hi Paul, I hope that after these three carvings, to move on the furniture, boxes, or carving my original designs. This has been an excellent way to learn human anatomy and to get paid for it. It is much harder that I thought it would be, the next carving will be of Joseph and I will be able to have more flexibility in the design only because there is not an exact way to the appearance as much as the Crucifixion or Mother Mary.

Thank you Lumberjocks for your kind complements, after being on this site for 9 years it’s still fun to hang out were it’s all about woodworking!

-- Dennis Zongker

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