Man Carving Himself from Tree #2: Cutting, Clamping, and Grinding

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 11-23-2019 07:27 PM 556 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally after making the clay model many months ago, I found some spare time to start carving again. This carving is about my woodworking life. With good and bad times, with struggles and success, with blood sweet and tears. My brother Dan Zongker and I have battled many storms and enjoyed sunny days for over 30 years now. This carving I call “Determination”, and what better way to show this, then to have a man carving himself out of a tree. The next step is hand carving with chisel & mallet, which I love the most. Thank you for looking!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 11-23-2019 07:41 PM

Dennis, Pretty awesome, keep us posted! Have a good holiday season!

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#2 posted 11-23-2019 07:42 PM

the master at it again :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 11-23-2019 07:44 PM

Dennis, You always have such great projects this is especially unique, I look forward to the rest of the process.


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#4 posted 11-23-2019 07:57 PM

Just great fun to watch you Dennis. Thanks for letting us.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 11-23-2019 08:03 PM

You never cease to impress Dennis.

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

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#6 posted 11-23-2019 08:23 PM

Hey Dennis,

Gonna be another masterpiece. Taking up power carving myself. Liked your hoody and mask outfit for flying debree! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 11-24-2019 12:00 AM

You always amaze with your talents.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 11-24-2019 01:59 AM

That is quite an impressive process. I can already tell the wood version is going to look great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 11-24-2019 02:20 AM

I had this strange sense of deja vu, and had to go back and look at the original post- a clay model. Wow, this is so cool! That is a LOT of wood, too. I’d be interested in seeing more pics of that drawer of tools- no, I’m not coveting them, I’m just interested in your storage solution(s).

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 11-24-2019 02:43 AM

WOW this is a journey i want to be on!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 11-24-2019 03:53 AM

Hi Dennis … you certainly have me hooked! Looking forward to more of this incredible journey!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 11-24-2019 09:11 PM

Thanks for letting us see your process. It’s a great way to let us into your workshop without the hassle of us bothering you while you work LOL!

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

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#13 posted 11-24-2019 10:00 PM

Very interesting project – reminded me of this adaptation from Escher:

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#14 posted 11-25-2019 01:34 AM

Fine work. The humerus and shoulders look a little under sized for the height of the head. Is this due to the distortion of the photo or is this your style?

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 12-03-2019 02:26 PM

Very interesting, it takes a special Talent to do this good work, keep us posted.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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