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Dining Table and Chairs, Griffin Style Legs. #3: Carving the Lion face and wing scrolls

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 309 days ago 2313 reads 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For the face of this lion my goals are to make him more majestic by carving it closer to the traditional lion’s face verses the last three I made five years ago for the “Griffin End Table.” The lion faces for that end table had more of an Egyptian style to the face.

By just making a few small adjustments can really make a big difference in the way the face can change. I altered the size of the eyes and located them outward approximately ¼-in. The main distinction is making the snout larger and the ears farther back and a little larger. It is amazing how by just altering these few things have changed the entire look of the lions face. Next I will be carving on the lion’s mane and the Eagle feathers.

On another note: It might be a while until I get to the carving on the mane and feathers on the Griffin dining table only because a customer has ordered a large coffee table 20-in. x 54-in. x 54-in. The coffee table will have a carved ball and claw lion’s feet with lion faces carved into the aprons with a mixed with scrolled acanthus leaves on the aprons and legs. The top will have some really sweet Parquetry. I am very excited that the customer has a lion passion like I do.

Thank you for looking!!!

-- Dennis Zongker



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 309 days ago

This is going to be amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the photos of your progress! I love seeing it and you are a great inspiration to many! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Craig Havran

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#2 posted 309 days ago

Very impressive. Thank you for all of the photos showing the progression. Great work!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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RogerBean

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#3 posted 309 days ago

Dennis,
Your carving is magnificent. I always look forward to seeing your latest carving project. My own carving has been limited to relatively simple stuff traditional on Kentucky rifles. Much less challenging, to say the least. Again, my compliments.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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shipwright

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#4 posted 309 days ago

THANKS Dennis
You are a great teacher.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 309 days ago

As always, masterful.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Charles Maxwell

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#6 posted 309 days ago

Jaw dropping! Thanks for the post…keep charging.

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

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 309 days ago

Sweet work! And you are busy too? Wonder why? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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stefang

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#8 posted 309 days ago

I just love it Dennis, like all your work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Karson

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#9 posted 309 days ago

Dennis: That some great pictures and a great project.

-- 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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Patti Zongker

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#10 posted 309 days ago

Looks great Dennis! I really like the changes you have made to the lion face he looks awesome. :) It is always a pleasure watching you work and seeing the transformation of a block of wood carved into something so mejestic as this. :)

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

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Woodbridge

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#11 posted 309 days ago

Dennis, the carving is fantastic. Its amazing to see, in your successive pictures, the lions face emerge from a block of wood. How deep is face!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Rob W

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#12 posted 309 days ago

Absolutely awesome!

Thanks for sharing this.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#13 posted 309 days ago

Beautiful Dennis. The pictorial is appreciated. Fine work.

-- Dale, Ohio

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MShort

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#14 posted 309 days ago

Amazing work that you do. I look forward to more on your blog. Thanks a bunch !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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tinnman65

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#15 posted 309 days ago

Beautiful work Dennis, thanks for another great post.

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

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