Holly's Jasper

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Project by Michael Anthony Zelonis posted 08-19-2014 03:13 PM 1719 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bust of the clients Swiss mountain dog, Jasper, life size. 10”x12”x14” w/o base. Bust is black walnut finished with tung oil. Base is spalted maple, sealed with grain filler and finished with gloss lacquer. The purple heart ribbon, which signifies epilepsy awareness (the breed is prone to this illness), is displayed because the dog is so afflicted, is carved from soft maple, colored with leather dye, and finished with semi-gloss lacquer. 5 months start to finish, estimated actual time 3 months, as I have been working another project during this time.

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 04:56 PM

Lovely and well crafted! You did a great job it conveys a very life like feeling.

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

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 05:39 PM

Great job Michael! I hope people realize the difficulty of carving walnut.

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 01:04 AM

Superior work. Excellent job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Michael Anthony Zelonis

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 12:08 PM

Thanks guys, this project was a blast! Jeff, The walnut I got for this project was cut 40 years ago, and was abandoned in a drying barn of a defunct wood reclamation business ever since. My supplier bought the property and discovered several hundred board ft. of 4” thick planks in great shape. I don’t know if it was because it had dried so long, or was just good quality wood, but carving it was actually easy and enjoyable…..

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 01:23 PM

My point was Michael that it wasn’t a project that could be done in 3 or 4 hours or 3 or 4 days. If it was done in maybe basswood, it would’ve taken much, much less time and it would’ve been much easier to do.

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Michael Anthony Zelonis

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#6 posted 08-21-2014 04:18 PM

Understood Jeff, I did not think of that! I just assumed that’s what you meant because a few other people on some other sites mentioned walnut being hard to work with and I did not see why because the physical act of carving it was fairly easy….

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#7 posted 08-23-2014 03:29 AM

Very nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 09-08-2014 11:51 PM

Awesome work!is it all done with hand tools?

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#9 posted 11-01-2014 02:19 PM

excellent work… it turned out so beautiful. the ear repair is completely unnoticable. and i love the eyes.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#10 posted 01-25-2018 05:20 PM

This dog is such a beautiful piece and it shows a lot of fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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