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"Carving Acanthus Leaves into, Lathed Fluted Columns"

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 04-01-2010 03:44 PM 6600 reads 14 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are 8 fluted columns to this bedroom set. The columns were turned on our “Legacy” Ornamental Milling Machine, by one of our shop craftsman, Dennis Nygard.

I’m carving the 64 acanthus leaf’s by hand with “Pfeil” carving knifes and a small brass mallet. It’s easer to cut the solid cherry by lightly taping with a small mallet.

Each leaf takes about 3 hours per leaf. Plus set up time and drawing time, which takes about 2 hours. So, each spindle takes approximately 26 hours, for a total of 208 hours for all eight columns.

This is really fun for me, it also helps me balance both my hands for mallet and carving knife coordination.

There are 38 pictures to this blog, with no writing. I hope you will enjoy and thanks for looking.

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-- Dennis Zongker



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Karson

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 03:53 PM

Wow Dennis. Someone is going to be very happy.

A beautiful set of pictures.

Great craftsmanship.

Are there three or 4 copies of the carving on each column?

I re-read and I guess there are 8 per column.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Will Stokes

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 03:56 PM

Really nice. I’ve always been afraid to even consider carving, but your photos almost make me feel like I could do this one day too. I’m favoriting this so I can come back to it and see if I can practice using similar techniques some day down the road. Thanks for posting!

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 04:08 PM

Dennis very nice work… I like the way the pictures walk you through it in two different angles. You make it look so easy even though I know it takes alot of hard work and concentration to accomplish such beautiful work… One day I just might learn how to carve from using your pictures such as these… Awesome Job!

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

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robbi

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 04:08 PM

Wow, I’m speechless. Beautiful

-- robbi-Yadahooty!

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#5 posted 04-01-2010 04:10 PM

excellent work , Dennis ,

and a great presentation .

i bet you got a lot of ’ deja-vu ’ moments on this !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 04:17 PM

Very beautiful and time intensive work, true master craftsmanship.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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Chips

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#7 posted 04-01-2010 04:19 PM

Love your work. You make it look simple. Thanks for the post. Keep it up.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#8 posted 04-01-2010 04:49 PM

I love it… I can only dream of being able to do what you do.

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#9 posted 04-01-2010 05:05 PM

That is a lot of carving. They really look wonderful. I admire your work.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 05:06 PM

What incredible patience you have Dennis!!!!

I love the progression of pictures. It helps to make sense out of an overwhelming project

Thanks for taking the time to post—I know it’s a lot of trouble, but we are glad you did.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 04-01-2010 05:15 PM

Holy Cow, Dennis!!!!! That’s some tough stuff. This is a great tutorial on carving. Thanks for sharing your great work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 04-01-2010 05:42 PM

Just fantastic Dennis, thanks for taking the time to take pictures of your progress and sharing the process with us.
You do wonderful work !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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ocwoodworker

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#13 posted 04-01-2010 05:45 PM

Wonderful. What do you use to sharpen your tools? The biggest obstacle to starting this is the sharpening technique. Any advise is greatly appreciated.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#14 posted 04-01-2010 05:59 PM

I stand by what I said before “A real Artisan” thanks for sharing I like the fact that you walked us through the process I have definitely learnt something & that’s the spirit of Lumberjocks.Cheers Dennis

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#15 posted 04-01-2010 06:17 PM

That is fantastic, whoever ends up getting this I hope really appreciate all the time and love you put into this lovely piece of ART! Great job on this. I also carve so I know what is involved. However at the present time I’m totally involved with my lathe.

Erwin Jacksonville, Fl

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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