Time Lapse Video, Hand Carving a Cabriole Chair Leg

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 03-19-2016 11:19 PM 1890 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a time lapse video of me carving a chair leg, in real time it takes me 16 hours. In this time lapse video it is only 1 min 47 seconds, man I wish I could carve that fast in real life.

Here is the video link

I’m almost done with the 8 chairs that go with the dinning table I made a few months back. Here is a link to the table

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The first leg took me about 40 hours including a clay model, after a few legs I got my time down to 16 hours a leg.

The rest of the chairs with the back legs, rails, backs, etc there is a ton of work, should be done in about two weeks.

Time Lapse Videos are really cool to watch, I hope you like it! Take care, and happy woodworking!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 03-19-2016 11:47 PM

Great Video Dennis… there are days that I really think you work that fast lol :)

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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#2 posted 03-19-2016 11:54 PM

wonderful work as usual dennis

i got to hand it to you
i couldn’t do that in 16 days

you make it all look so easy
a tribute to a master

-- 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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#3 posted 03-20-2016 12:17 AM

Cool video Dennis. I know what you mean about wishing you were that fast. I’ve posted a couple of marquetry assembly at a speed that I would like to be able to accomplish in real life. ..... :-)

These are going to be gorgeous.

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

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#4 posted 03-20-2016 01:00 AM

Wow! A navy Pier Tee shirt! LOL! Got to be hard on your hands? Nicely done!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 03-20-2016 12:42 PM

You are such a talented individual! WowZa!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 03-20-2016 12:44 PM

Nice film Dennis ! Lets non-carvers see the work involved . Informative and the end result speaks for itself ! Very nicely done !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#7 posted 03-20-2016 10:55 PM

great video! nice leg too!

-- I do this for fun.

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#8 posted 03-21-2016 12:11 PM

Thank you fellow Lumberjocks for the kind words.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 03-24-2016 12:30 AM

Awesome. Great video Dennis.

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

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