LumberJocks

Art Nouveau Coffee Table #4: Carving with Grinders

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 03-29-2015 09:33 PM 2461 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Gluing Legs & Runners, Then Layout for carving. Part 4 of Art Nouveau Coffee Table series Part 5: "Grind & Sand and Grind & Sand" »

Here is a short Video link at Youtube where I’m carving the base with grinders. This is the beginning steps for smoothing and balancing the proportions of the table base. After this step I will start the sanding, I’ve been grinding away for around 80 hours so far. A lot more muscle work that I wasn’t expecting, but than again nothing in woodworking ever goes exactly as planed. lol Thank you for looking!


View on YouTube

-- Dennis Zongker



17 comments so far

View tinnman65's profile

tinnman65

1300 posts in 2881 days


#1 posted 03-29-2015 10:23 PM

Great post Dennis, It looks like the table is moving along very well. From the experience of the few pieces I sculpted with power tools I agree with you that you have to find a rhythm, and its hard work! 80 hours of grinding and sanding is just plain scary :)

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

View Dennis Zongker's profile

Dennis Zongker

2615 posts in 3059 days


#2 posted 03-29-2015 11:24 PM

Thank you Paul, yes a lot of fun work, while I hurt my back pulling a muscle also took the guard of to get into the deeper sections and cut up my fingers pretty bad. I learned a good lessen on that one.

-- Dennis Zongker

View Grumpy's profile

Grumpy

21571 posts in 3318 days


#3 posted 03-30-2015 12:01 AM

That will be some coffee table. Dennis.
Great blog mate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

View DocSavage45's profile

DocSavage45

7708 posts in 2309 days


#4 posted 03-30-2015 12:26 AM

Dennis ,

That’s one massive organic piece. i like the pattern match with the shape of the piece. Don’t push too hard. Tiredness and hurry up’s cause catastrophic mistakes. Got a bruise on my stomach from kick back from a piece of plywood. Not tierd but hurrying.

Your piece is fantastic. Is it a commission piece?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

7175 posts in 2265 days


#5 posted 03-30-2015 02:02 AM

What a demonstration of two of your many talents Dennis.
First your artistic vision that enables you to “see” the sculpture within the blank and second your ability to deftly execute the vision with your hands. ..... The complete artisan, and I use the term as high praise.

This piece is so beautifully organic, it makes me think the of ancient bones of some long extinct beast returning to life in living wood.

You have my attention …. and admiration …..... as always.

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

View longgone's profile

longgone

5688 posts in 2775 days


#6 posted 03-30-2015 02:49 AM

What an amazing and beautiful piece of work Dennis. Flowing curves and sculpting have such a unique feel and sense of having once been alive. I look forward to your additional photos and completed project photos.

View Woodbridge's profile

Woodbridge

3460 posts in 1885 days


#7 posted 03-30-2015 02:52 AM

Dennis, thanks for sharing the next instalment. Like Paul I was struck by the beautiful organic form that you have carved. I’m also in awe of the talent not just in carving one leg, but what it must take between hand and eye to get all four carved and looking the same.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View mmh's profile

mmh

3665 posts in 3189 days


#8 posted 03-30-2015 02:53 AM

What a wonderful project! It’s a good thing I live far away, as I would be sneaking into your workshop to play with some of those toys! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing more of your progress.

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

View Dennis Zongker's profile

Dennis Zongker

2615 posts in 3059 days


#9 posted 03-30-2015 12:48 PM

Grumpy, Thank you mate for the complement.

DocSavage45, Those kick backs are very scary and usually happen when some one is in a hurry. This is a commissioned piece, I designed this one for someone who owns there own lake.

Paul, Thank you so much for you praised complements. I agree with you on the design it does look like ancient bones of a beast. I was shooting for Art Nouveau style based off of Eugene Vallin 1856-1922. and the customer wanted the base to resemble trees.Your complements mean a lot to me coming from you with your incredible talents.

Greg, Thank you Sir, your a very fine sculpturing artist, which is a great compliment in itself!!!

Peter, Thank you very much, It is crazy how projects just turn out a certain way, sometime I think is just plan luck!

Meilie, It is always great to hear from you. Yes it would be great if we lived closer together. Then you could teach me you cane secrets.


-- Dennis Zongker

View gashley's profile

gashley

63 posts in 2473 days


#10 posted 03-30-2015 12:55 PM

Thanks for sharing Dennis. Was a revelation to me when I first started to sculpt wood projects and realize it’s not all 90 degree angles and joinery.
I seriously doubt I would ever want to tackle a project of this size. My ADD would kick in and I’d get way too bored with all the sculpting!
Great work – look forward to any other postings you share with us.

-- Gary in OP

View grizzman's profile

grizzman

7798 posts in 2770 days


#11 posted 03-30-2015 01:00 PM

i always love seeing another woodworker bring his vision to life, i really love the smaller grinder , it allows you to do the softer work of this carving , what a joy it must be to work on such a large piece, to think your work will be seen for i would say hundreds of years, i cant wait to see the finished piece, i wanted to ask you Dennis if you have ever though of doing a video tour of your shop for us here on jocks..just a thought…thank you very much for the video, i hope you have a great week.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View DocSavage45's profile

DocSavage45

7708 posts in 2309 days


#12 posted 03-30-2015 04:10 PM

Dennis,

Their own Lake???? Sweet! Nice to have patrons who can pay for your time, and creativity.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View Dennis Zongker's profile

Dennis Zongker

2615 posts in 3059 days


#13 posted 03-31-2015 12:22 PM

Gashley, Thanks you, I don’t think I would want to grind for a living it’s to hard on most of the parts of the human body. Plus I like carving with gouges to much! lol

Grizzman, Thank you buddy, That’s a great idea to video the shop. When I get some free time that will be my next fun video.

DocSavage45, Yes this patron I have been waiting for a long time, he is a great person and supports artisans along with many other passions. It is in talks right now for Zongkers to start up a woodworking school for professional furniture makers. He has the capital and knowledge and passion for new businesses.

-- Dennis Zongker

View DocSavage45's profile

DocSavage45

7708 posts in 2309 days


#14 posted 03-31-2015 04:52 PM

Dennis,

You have a lot of knowledge to pass on. Best of luck.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View grizzman's profile

grizzman

7798 posts in 2770 days


#15 posted 03-31-2015 05:24 PM

wow Dennis a school…now that would be a wonderful thing….im so glad that your time came and your client came along, the stars must have aligned just right, but the way i look at things, the Lord has opened the way and you shall now have the ability to pass on your knowledge and passion…i hope we get to see this set of pieces in there new home, or will things be kept private…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

showing 1 through 15 of 17 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com