Carving a Life Size Statue #1: Crucifixion

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 05-13-2016 10:20 PM 1022 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog on the steps of a project. This one is on a full life size 6’-0” Jesus with a 12’-0” cross which is one of three life size sculptures I will be carving for a new Retreat here in the Midwest,which I have 18 months to complete.

The pictures show some drawing and clay steps at half scale, then I can move to wood at full scale. This has been a big challenge for me studying human anatomy, which is not very easy for this simple woodworker.

The customer approved the drawing which took me a full month of drawing and now I’m working out the details in clay for approval and to help me see it in 3D, then I can transfer to full scale for the wood glue-up.

I should be done with the clay model by the end of the month. I’m starting on the hands tomorrow which will probably take about a week or less I hope.

Well, Thanks for looking and happy woodworking!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 05-13-2016 10:30 PM

That’s quite a project Dennis with a lot of artistic skill.
Looking good.
Will watch with interest.

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

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#2 posted 05-13-2016 10:55 PM

wow, there is no end to your skill is there? awesome!

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 05-14-2016 12:15 AM

Huge challenge Dennis but they picked the right man for the job. You will prevail ….. I know it.
Excellent work so far for someone who is just learning human anatomical carving.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 05-14-2016 01:34 AM

Dennis – you always amaze me with your talent, this is an awesome project for you and you are just the guy to pull it off. Looking forward to seeing this farther along. As always my best to you and Patti, I may be passing thru in fall, I have a 7,000 mile road trip to do that will take me to California, up to Seattle, and then across the top of U.S. back to Florida. I’ll be gone about 4 months, starting in July, if I am coming through Omaha, I will stop in. – Dan

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 05-14-2016 01:53 AM

Fantastic! I can’t wait to see this in wood. This must take a tremendous amount a patience to go through to get to the finished piece.

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

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#6 posted 05-14-2016 04:42 AM

This is quite an incredible project! I look forward to your progress and techniques. I’m curious how you will handle the support system and your wood selection. Happy carving and thank you for sharing your mastered craft!

-- "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 05-14-2016 11:48 AM

Transitioning to human form in any scale, rule of 8’s mandatory & anatomy studies helpful. Good start Mr. D. Goodon’
ya !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#8 posted 05-14-2016 02:01 PM

WOW! Speechless here

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 05-14-2016 02:09 PM

What a magnificent project to work on. They certainly picked the right person to commission this work to. I’m looking forward to your blog series…. so much to see and learn from you are you complete this work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 05-14-2016 07:42 PM

Whoa! ... What they said for sure …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#11 posted 05-15-2016 12:16 AM

well the beginning is here, what type of wood will you use, your doing a great job starting with clay and learning anatomy, this is going to be a piece of work that will round out your accomplishments , i will enjoy this so much.

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

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#12 posted 05-15-2016 12:51 AM

Amazing work of an amazing point in time.

-- John 3:16

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#13 posted 05-15-2016 01:56 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 05-26-2016 12:04 PM

Thank you, Lumberjocks for your kind words!

Hi Dan, Looking forward to seeing you when you come in to town in July!

-- Dennis Zongker

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