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Carving Mother Mary #3: Hand Carving a Female Face

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 10-09-2017 01:50 PM 1396 reads 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s kind of amazing with all the small differences between a mans face compared to the female face. Carving Mary’s face was really fun for me, it took about three weeks. The customer wanted her to look young around 15 years old with a peaceful, praying look. To match up to the clay model I made several months ago was quite changeling from half scale to full scale, onto wood. Here are a few pictures showing some steps, Thank you for looking!!!

-- Dennis Zongker



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#1 posted 10-09-2017 01:55 PM

you do really awesome carvings …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 02:02 PM

Wow. Impressive Dennis. If I tried this, the first picture would probably be how my final came out!

Out of curiosity – with this type of carving, how do you smooth it out? The details are so fine, I can’t see sanding doing it without losing the crispness of the some of the carving lines. I’ve always wondered this about marble sculpting as well when I’ve seen some of the great master’s works.

-- Gary in OP

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#3 posted 10-09-2017 02:02 PM

I’m in awe. you did a fantastic job. She’s beautiful!

-- Pete

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#4 posted 10-09-2017 02:10 PM

Amazing work Dennis

-- Dale, Ohio

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#5 posted 10-09-2017 02:15 PM

Wow. It is just lovely!

-- 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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#6 posted 10-09-2017 02:21 PM

This job is a massive (and impressive) body of work Dennis.
Thanks for keeping us posted.

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

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#7 posted 10-09-2017 02:23 PM

And you are off and running on another ! You’re pretty amazing ! Thanks for sharing, you inspire many of us.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#8 posted 10-09-2017 02:35 PM

Wow Dennis, what else can I say, your work is always the best.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 10-09-2017 03:20 PM

So amazing Dennis!!

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#10 posted 10-09-2017 03:42 PM

I tip my hat to you sir as this is an amazing carving.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 10-09-2017 04:24 PM

Dennis, you a Master, no doubt.
If I ever learn to carve half as well as you, I would be proud.

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#12 posted 10-09-2017 08:47 PM

This is going to be fantastic!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 10-09-2017 08:50 PM

Dennis, this is going to be a magnificent carving. It is so beautiful and it exhibits a wealth of fine details and outstanding craftsmanship. Considering this carving and all the others that you have done you are obviously a Master Carver. However, you don’t stop at carving, you can do it all. You are a Master Craftsman. Omaha, Nebraska is very fortunate to have a craftsman of your talent and ability. You would be welcome any where in the world.

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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#14 posted 10-09-2017 09:15 PM

Beautiful work Dennis,,

-- 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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#15 posted 10-10-2017 01:36 AM

Beautiful work !!

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

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