Carving a Life Size Statue #4: Jointing the arms,Sizing the body,Carving some details

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 10-17-2016 12:57 PM 1533 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Large glue up, transfer lines,starting to Carve Part 4 of Carving a Life Size Statue series Part 5: Detailing the Hands, Arms, Face, and the Torso »

This is definitely the most difficult carving for me so far in my life. I’m learning a ton and getting in good shape doing something that I love to do.

Using a plum bob is an excellent way to find depth points to re-ensure that I don’t carve to deep. On the face alone using 37 different points to locate important depths to match up crucial face details. The face is not fully detailed I will go back and detail after the arms and hands have been sized then I will glue on the arms and work my way down to the fee,t then flip him over to carve the back.

I think I’m still looking at about four more months for completion. Happy woodworking, and thank you for looking!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 01:07 PM

Amazing as always love looking at your work. Great job Dennis

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 02:00 PM

Dennis: Some beautiful pictures showing some of the work involved. Thanks for keping us updated.

-- 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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#3 posted 10-17-2016 02:03 PM

Another ambitious project. Love watching the progress as you go through this. Way beyond both my skill level and my patience level here!
Thanks for keeping up updated. Always fun to see these posts Dennis.

-- Gary in OP

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#4 posted 10-17-2016 02:28 PM

Just wonderful work Dennis. I’m happy for you. Enjoy the labour and the creation.

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

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#5 posted 10-17-2016 03:11 PM

In is truly an honor calling you my Lumberjock friend.
Your talent is amazing.
Thanks Dennis.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 10-17-2016 04:44 PM

Looking good my friend! keep on keeping on : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#7 posted 10-17-2016 04:49 PM

Excellent work as always. The character is starting to show in this. Soon it will touch people emotionally, and if it hasn’t already, you will be moved also. I’ve had the honor of being hands on involved in such a project before, for me, and this piece for you, will change your life. Watching your work progress is an honor and privilege for me.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 10-17-2016 05:42 PM

Hi Dennis…..I was just thinking about breaking out the chisles but changed my mind. So there you go Again! ;—j Joe

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#9 posted 10-17-2016 06:56 PM

Dennis I’m sure on of your “P’s” of woodworking is Pooped. LOL! Great progress and seeing it come to being is chilling. LOL! Your carving skills are intimidating. :)

Great Job! As always.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 10-17-2016 07:12 PM

Totally amazing Dennis.

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

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#11 posted 10-17-2016 08:12 PM

This is truly fascinating seeing this done step by step. I am really enjoying your blog and wish you all the best on this project!

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

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#12 posted 10-17-2016 09:17 PM


-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 10-18-2016 12:40 PM

Woodworking and artistry at the highest level. I enjoy seeing yourwork as it progresses. I always learn from the information you post and am inspired by it. Thanks

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 10-18-2016 04:38 PM

hey, Dennis, this is so great, I love being able to see your progress on this, and what a thrill to see you work on this particular subject, i would ask you some questions but i feel they are too personal, thank you for bringing us along.

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

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#15 posted 10-19-2016 02:42 PM


-- Michael A. Brailsford

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