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Carving Mother Mary #2: Carving the Clothing & Base

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 09-14-2017 04:09 PM 3083 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Finished Clay Half Scale Part 2 of Carving Mother Mary series Part 3: Hand Carving a Female Face »

It’s been three months of gluing up the large block of wood 24” x 24” x 63” tall, then carving all of the clothing and base. Next I will be starting on the face then to the hands. Here are 30 pictures of some steps of me carving. Thank you for looking!!!!



-- Dennis Zongker



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 09-14-2017 04:11 PM

Wow. It is going to be another amazing project. <3

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 09-14-2017 04:18 PM

I always love a good Dennis post! You do really impressive work. And incredibly time consuming work. I’m not sure I’d ever have the patience to do the sculpting/carving work you do. One thing I like is the scaling work you do between your model and your working piece. I’ve done something similar in the past and the opportunities to screw things up are numerous!
Great stuff as always and appreciate you sharing with us.

-- Gary in OP

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#3 posted 09-14-2017 04:27 PM

Amazing skilled craftsmanship

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Charles Maxwell

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#4 posted 09-14-2017 04:29 PM

Amazing! Donatello in wood!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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#5 posted 09-14-2017 05:24 PM

Thanks for posting your progress on your labor of love. Do you do anything to protect your hand and wrist muscles? I know your chisels are sharp Dennis, but do you ever use sandpaper? :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 09-14-2017 05:30 PM

Awesome Dennis!

Lee

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Karson

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#7 posted 09-14-2017 09:28 PM

Dennis: It’s interesting how you are using the model and up-sizing it to the actual carving.

And Happy Birthday to you.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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shipwright

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#8 posted 09-14-2017 11:00 PM

Outa sight Dennis, really!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#9 posted 09-14-2017 11:44 PM

Fantastic work!

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#10 posted 09-15-2017 12:01 AM

Hey, wait a minute, I always thought you had an easy button to push. Seriously, I must say, whenever I see an email notice that you’ve posted some pictures or update of your work, I immediately go to see what it is. Your so gifted Dennis, and Patti too. My best to you, I survived Irma, but south of me didn’t do so well. Hope all is well for you both.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 09-15-2017 12:21 AM

Wow.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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jbay

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#12 posted 09-15-2017 12:37 AM

Not bad for a couple days work! :)

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#13 posted 09-15-2017 11:10 AM

Looking good Dennis, can’t wait to see the finished project.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 09-15-2017 09:31 PM

Thank you everyone for the great comments I really appreciate your inspirational words.

DocSavage45 Thank you, I do use sandpaper on these larger carvings, the customer ask me to so they would look more lifelike.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 09-16-2017 03:55 PM

Larry, this is going to be an amazing masterpiece. It’s going to be absolutely beautiful!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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