Sleeping Lion

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Project by Tony posted 1937 days ago 1490 views 3 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from one piece of basswood, excluding the walnut base. It stands about 8 inches high. I started with a rough band sawn blank, leaving a lot of room for “adjustment”. I use full size tools and a mallet; they are actually easier on the arthritis. The fur is burned on hair at a time and then painted with thin layers of acrylic. I’m happy with the carving, but not the paint. That’s a little bright for me. Well, I could just “adjust” it later.

-- Tony, Sacramento

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#1 posted 1937 days ago

This type of work amazes me! It takes a real artist to do this. It looks great! Love it!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 1937 days ago

Yep, I agree. 99.9% of us could never aspire to put out something with this much realism and detail. I really admire someone who can and realize that it is a natural born gift, No amount of training would ever enable me to do this. My hat’s off to you woodshaver. Beautiful piece.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#3 posted 1937 days ago

Beautifully done! I can see the lion’s weight oozing over the stump as the lazy beast sleeps.

I wonder if you lightly re-coat the piece with your finish and then rub it off to get a more satin finish. This way you won’t have to sand or remove it. If you let the concave crevices stay shiney, you may have a more 3-D reflective effect (shiney & flat surfaces).

-- "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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#4 posted 1937 days ago

That is fantastic. Great job.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#5 posted 1936 days ago

Great idea. Well done and very interesting to look at. Very cool!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 1936 days ago

Wow , this is magnificent work!
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#7 posted 1936 days ago

Tony, this is a wonderful carving. I was not gifted with this talent so I have a great deal of respect for those who are able to express themselves in this fashion. The carving took a lot of time, effort and ability to produce and it is so realistic. Great job.

And you did a nice job with the photography as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 1936 days ago

Wow, there’s a smidgen of talent there I’d say. Well done!

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#9 posted 1936 days ago

Tony Tony Tony
What have you done? You’ve made a masterpiece. So wonderful.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 1936 days ago

This is a wonderful piece of art Tony. Its dynamic and lifelike yet somewhat whimsical. I’d give my right leg to be able to carve like that (I would need my right arm to carve of course). Looking forward to the next one!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 1936 days ago

Amazing! Hard to believe it was done by hand. Maybe the pictures don’t show it but I think the paint looks great.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#12 posted 1936 days ago

I am not sure i can do that Tony, its great job,
love that, its same look likes the real one from the jungle at my place,
how long did you make that ?



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#13 posted 1936 days ago

That’s absolutely wonderful!
I’m one of those people who pay attention to details and I must say that you did an excellent job. I mean, look at its face, it is so realistic.

-- - The Grizzle Tools Blog

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#14 posted 1936 days ago

wow wow wow as above i’m in awe truely stunning

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 1936 days ago

Beautiful!!! You did a incredible job. Lion’s are my favorite. Thanks for 4 posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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