Raven's horse

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Project by Michael Anthony Zelonis posted 176 days ago 764 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Basswood (3 piece glue up), 12”x18”x5”, black walnut base. My daughter loves horses, so I decided to go out on a limb and try this. I used Ian Norbury’s horse carving download to guide me and for anatomy. looked at J Christopher White’s work for the flow of the mane. I don’t work fast, so this took a little over 3 months but I enjoyed every minute of the project. Seeing her open this on Christmas morning was worth every second I spent on it. Finish is beeswax/carnauba wax mix, tung oil on base.

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 176 days ago

Great job.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 176 days ago

She will treasure your carving always.. I really like it!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 176 days ago

You nailed it!

-- Dan P.

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#4 posted 176 days ago

Stunning and beautiful!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 176 days ago


Great looking Albino!

-- just rjR

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#6 posted 176 days ago

beautiful work of art, amazing job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#7 posted 176 days ago

Lovely work! I want to give this a try before too long. What was the size of the 3 pieces of basswood that you glued up to get the starting block? I assume each one was the same size?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 176 days ago

Hey Michael! Good to see you here-you’re going to love this site!
Horse looks great as does your other work…keep it up!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#9 posted 176 days ago

Amamizing carving you make!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 176 days ago

congratulations.been very nice.What kind of equipment did you use?

-- kani

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Michael Anthony Zelonis

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#11 posted 176 days ago

Thank you all for the kind words of encouragement! Northwest29, each piece was the same size, 4”x6”x18”. The basswood came from Heinecke Wood Products, great people to deal with. Hi Rich! Good to see you also! Kani, I used a band saw to cut out the basic shape, all the rest was done by hand tools, gouges and mallets, then I sanded the piece before applying the finish.

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 175 days ago

Brilliant work! I am humbled by your natural skill and brilliance! You are definitely honoring the Creator through your the work of your hands!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#13 posted 175 days ago

That’s beautiful. Nice work.

-- Jeff NJ

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#14 posted 175 days ago

Wow! Beautiful carving. I have carved carousel horse on my long term project list. Your work is a real inspiration.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Michael Anthony Zelonis

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#15 posted 175 days ago

Continued thanks! Nate, I feel honored by the gift of His provision.

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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