Carving a Life Size Statue #2: Detailing the Clay

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 06-06-2016 07:57 PM 2295 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Crucifixion Part 2 of Carving a Life Size Statue series Part 3: Large glue up, transfer lines,starting to Carve »

After a month of working with clay I have finally got the customers approval of Jesus on the cross. So far it’s been a great experience learning human anatomy and learning so much about our Lord Jesus Christ, the little details and meaning behind each scar and location of the nails, ect.

The clay model is at 1/2 scale 36” tall and the wooden Crucifix will be full scale at 6 feet tall. I am really looking forward to gluing and carving. I miss working with wood since I am a wood worker I can see why. Good or bad please give me your opinion, Thank you!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 06-06-2016 08:00 PM

Wow! I knew this would be a treat even before I clicked on the link! You never disappoint, Dennis. Masterful creation once again! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 06-06-2016 08:02 PM

Good or Bad? LOL!

You da Man!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 06-06-2016 08:12 PM

Always inspiring to see your work Dennis. In this case, I’d have to think that the clay would be easier than doing the rendering in wood. With clay – you make a mistake, just glom another piece of clay on and redo it. Wood is a little less forgiving! I’ve always been amazed at marble sculptures by the Renaissance masters – the incredible detail and carved amazingly out of rock. I can’t believe wood will be much easier.
Keep on sending out the updates. I’ll always click and be humbled by your craftsmanship.

-- Gary in OP

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#4 posted 06-06-2016 09:06 PM

Beautifully done and you will do an amazing job carving this in wood :)

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

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#5 posted 06-06-2016 09:14 PM

Wow this is incredible.
I studied medieval history in University (finished an MA) with a focus on blood in Christianity for much of it. One very interesting thing I noted was that the wound in Christ’s side was often shaped explicitly like female genitalia with the idea being that the sin brought into the world via Eve (mysoginistic, I know) was now being removed through Christ. The medievals were much more fluid than we are with gender identities and were very comfortable referring to Jesus in feminine terms. Sorry if that is too much information.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#6 posted 06-06-2016 09:54 PM

yep, this is epic, and you have come so far with learning the anatomy, fantastic job brother dennis, this one piece may be the most important one for you and your own personal life, to do this carving of the Son Of God is one that will bring your own soul so close to Him, i would like to hear you give a talk in church on what it was like and what feelings you have through the whole project…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 06-06-2016 09:55 PM

James, I don’t believe you are really sorry…...Fabulous work Dennis…..Joe

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#8 posted 06-06-2016 11:15 PM

Dennis, I’m blown away by your talent ! I feel privileged to call you a friend. like Grizzman said: This is epic! Please say hi to Pattie for me.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 06-07-2016 12:29 AM

Wow Dennis this is just amazing. It reminds me of a piece I worked on with my mentor in stone. Your detail in Jesus is so real and life like, the expressions, the feeling is there in all it’s agony. You will probably experience times of great reflection of the sacrifice of Jesus our savior, and have deep emotion at times. I witnessed people who would come into the shop where I was working and look at this piece I helped work on and even though it was incomplete, I sometimes saw tears streaming down peoples faces as they were so overcome. Looking at this piece in clay and I see the same soul wrenching emotion coming out in it, and I’m sure you’ll see it affect others. I can’t wait to see this in wood, always remember that your profound gift is a gift from God, it can’t be taught in a school, it can’t be learned, and sometimes I wonder if it isn’t God himself that guides hands like yours. God bless you and Patti, when your done with this, it will feel to you as one of if not the best accomplishment in your life of your work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 06-07-2016 01:37 AM


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

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#11 posted 06-07-2016 01:42 AM

Exquisite work.
And this is only the clay “model” .... cant wait to see the finished product.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 06-07-2016 02:20 AM

All I can say is amazing Dennis.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#13 posted 06-07-2016 02:56 AM

You have to be pleased with the way this is shaping up Dennis. You are a fine craftsman but a better artist.
To be both is a goal we all strive for but one that few attain.
—Absolutely impressed.

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

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#14 posted 06-07-2016 10:53 AM

The quality and creativeness of your work always amazes me Dennis and I probably shouldn’t be so surprised that you can work equally as well with clay, but I am anyway. This is yet another confirmation of your superior skills and talent. your projects are never boring!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 06-07-2016 11:55 AM


-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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