“Gothic Cat"

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 04-14-2013 12:53 AM 2368 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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First Gothic Cat, 14 years ago. Time sure does fly.

This “Gothic Cat” I carved while teaching the class this past few weeks. It was very enjoyable to carve and also to look back at the difference from when I carved the original one in 1999.

This wall plaque is caved out of bass wood. The eyes are out of Ebony hardwood, the size of the wall plaque is 9”wide x 12” long x 3” deep. For this style of carving, leaving the carving marks without sanding any of the cuts helps give the feeling of the older gothic style.

“Thanks for looking and happy woodworking”

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 01:21 AM

Cool job.

-- 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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#2 posted 04-14-2013 01:31 AM

Nice work Dennis.

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

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#3 posted 04-14-2013 01:34 AM

Awesome. I might have to try this one.

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 01:35 AM

Both are very nice. You can definitely see the improvement over time. Makes the rest of us eager to see what is next.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 01:42 AM

Very nice Dennis, that is one scary cat.

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

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 01:50 AM

I could look at your work all day long.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 02:05 AM

you sure have the golden touch dennis

very nice work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 04-14-2013 02:37 AM

Absolutely wicked…love it ….thanks for sharing your talent in carving

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 04-14-2013 03:18 AM

I always click right to it when I get a reminder that you posted something.
Your work is in the upper echelons of superior craftsmanship my friend.
Thank you for showing us your stuff. It’s awesome.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#10 posted 04-14-2013 03:47 AM

This is just sweet Dennis.
I love to see your work and am always inspired.
One question: Why the single center tooth? Is that part of a traditional Gothic Cat presentation?
It just looks kind of odd is all.
The work is of course superb, just wondering about the tooth.

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

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#11 posted 04-14-2013 04:08 AM

Very nice work. You have a good eye when it comes to carving.

-- Have a great day.

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#12 posted 04-14-2013 04:28 AM

Very cool carving.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 04-14-2013 05:49 AM

Impressive work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 04-14-2013 10:54 AM

Everything you carve or make is always first class Dennis. The original cat was excellent, but this new one is definitely better from an artistic standpoint. Leaving the carving marks like you have done here is to me an essential element of woodcarving to set it apart from other methods/materials. It would be interesting to see what you would come up with if you carved this again in 10 years time. Thanks for inspiring us!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 04-14-2013 11:36 AM

Beautiful carving. Like all your work, it is superb.

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