Wood Carved Jhoola

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 04-27-2011 03:56 PM 10720 reads 8 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished carving this unique indoor India swing bench, for a customer, it is also known as the Oonjal or Jhoola. This type of swing bench is not readily available without an overseas order. These types’ of wooden carved swings were used by Kings in their palaces and were considered a sign of royalty and are still considered even today.

This type of furniture is a wooden swing with brass chains suspending it from the ceiling of the inside of their home. I glued together three planks of solid African mahogany for a 72” x 24” x 3” think size bench. I turned the feet on the lathe and I hand carved 18 floral ornaments along the outer edge. It took me about 4 ½ hours for each individual carving.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 04-27-2011 04:16 PM

you sure do excellent work dennis

and carving that end grain must be fun

are the feet ornamental only
if this swings
the feet would be of the ground (?)

-- 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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#2 posted 04-27-2011 04:17 PM

What a nice project, Dennis. Lovely carving, as you always do. Lots of time involved! It’s pretty ritzy for a ceiling-hung swing! Very very nice work.


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#3 posted 04-27-2011 04:26 PM

Dennis, your carving is beautiful. I love it.

-- 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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#4 posted 04-27-2011 04:52 PM

Nice Dennis. I had the same thought as David about the difficulty involved in the end grain carving.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees.

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 05:00 PM

Beautiful Dennis, as usual….... Your carving and designwork is always fantastic.
This is a very unique bench as you said, sure would like to see a pic of it when the finish is on
and hung.

Thanks for posting….

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 04-27-2011 05:52 PM

Beautifully carved as usual! You make it look so easy and that just shows us how masterful your craftmanship is from years of practice.

I look forward to seeing the finished product. I’ve seen how David Marks treats mahogany with a chemical to bring out a special color change. Some day I may venture into this technique.

Keep up the magnificent work!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 08:26 PM

Beautiful Dennis, as always, you do excellent work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 04-27-2011 08:35 PM

Nice job Dennis. “Beautiful”

-- Dale, Ohio

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#9 posted 04-27-2011 08:45 PM

Hi David & Paul, Yes, The end grain was a b i t c h, can I say that on Lumberjocks?

It took three times as long to carve the end grain, very hard and brittle.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 04-27-2011 09:08 PM

Very nice Dennis, Its always a pleasure to see what you’ve been working on.

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

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#11 posted 04-27-2011 09:44 PM

But you make it look so easy… you truly have the gift…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#12 posted 04-27-2011 10:29 PM

So 4.5 hours x 18 = 81 hours plus building the bench at $$$/hr. Glad it was a paying customer. Looks VERY nice, you did good. How long was it in your shop? What finish will be applied?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 04-28-2011 12:45 AM

Thank you Lumberjocks,

Hi rance, I worked on it off and on for about two months. The customer is a wealthy doctor and paid 45 dollars per hour.

The finished I used is a Pre-catalyzed lacquer and stained with an aniline brown dye.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 04-28-2011 01:08 AM

Hi Dennis,

A beautiful job, for sure.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 04-28-2011 01:25 AM

Dennis: An impressive set of carvings. A beautiful job.

-- 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 †

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