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Blog series by Dennis Zongker updated 06-24-2020 01:32 PM 5 parts 5957 reads 59 comments total

Part 1: Man Carving Himself out of a Tree, The Clay

02-16-2019 07:51 PM by Dennis Zongker | 9 comments »

Here is a clay model I’ve been working on, I just have the hands , mallet, & gouge left. This model is man carving himself out of a tree, I call it Determination The clay is 36”tall. Next I’ll be carving him out of basswood. Thank you for looking.

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Part 2: Cutting, Clamping, and Grinding

11-23-2019 07:27 PM by Dennis Zongker | 15 comments »

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 wit...

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Part 3: Carving landmarks of the face and body

02-01-2020 10:40 PM by Dennis Zongker | 15 comments »

Here are some pictures carving in proportions of the back, head, face, chest. I will not carve in any details until all the landmarks are in the correct size and location. I think at this step it can be harder than carving in the small details. Next I will start on the full upper body, like the shoulders, stomach, chest, hair, and the arms. Once I have everything sized in proportion then I can start to detail. Thank you for looking, and happy woodworking!!! ...

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Part 4: Proportions to Detailing

04-18-2020 10:48 PM by Dennis Zongker | 9 comments »

Here are a few step pictures of a carving I’ve been working on for a while now, but I’ve only been able to work on it for just a few hours a week on my spare time. My next steps I will be detail carving in the eyes and hair. Thank you for looking!!!

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Part 5: Carving Details

06-24-2020 01:32 PM by Dennis Zongker | 11 comments »

Here are a few pictures of me carving in the details of the Tree trunk, Stone base, Hair, and the face. My next step is to carve the forearms, hands, chisel and mallet. After I’m completed with all the carving then I will sand and finish. I’m getting excited the closer I get to completion. Thank you for looking.

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