"Gothic Cat Carving"

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 10-25-2008 05:49 AM 3616 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first started carving ten years ago. I spent most of my time sharping my carving gouges. On this “Gothic cat” I diden’t use any sand paper. I was really trying to make it look like old world style of craftsmanship. By showing the carving marks that gouges leave.
This “Gothic cat face was my 3rd carving that I made for myself, two years later I made a second one for a customer. I don’t really like the gothic style. Butt, this cat face was a fun wall plaque to make. It’s caved out of bass wood. The eyes are out of Ebony & Canary yellow wood. The size is 9”wide x 12” long x 4” deep. “Thanks for looking”

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 10-25-2008 05:52 AM

Outstanding carving Dennis. I like the tool marks as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 10-25-2008 06:02 AM

Great looking carving Dennis. A beautiful job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 10-25-2008 06:07 AM

Very nice Dennis, I am impressed with how smooth it came out without using sandpaper. Those tools were sharp to do that kind of work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 10-25-2008 06:51 AM

Really wonderful work, Dennis.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 10-25-2008 09:19 AM

Incredible work, well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#6 posted 10-25-2008 12:34 PM

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#7 posted 10-25-2008 12:38 PM

Thank you for sharing this Dennis.

I prefer seeing a carving showing the classical tool marks.

You can’t get that look by using machines.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 10-25-2008 01:14 PM

Beautiful carving, I wish i could do that. Even half that good. I have carvers envy.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 10-25-2008 01:20 PM

that is really nice.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 10-25-2008 01:49 PM

Oh my, this is nice! I would love to have such a piece hanging on my wall. I, too, have carver’s envy.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#11 posted 10-25-2008 01:59 PM


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#12 posted 10-25-2008 02:15 PM

Awesome Dennis, I prefer carvings that show the tooling marks, as do most of our customers. They want people to know that it was hand carved.

Your a great carver!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#13 posted 10-25-2008 03:23 PM

Dennis, this is another outstanding piece! I agree with the other comments here, leaving your gouge markings are great, but I also love the lion carvings you posted some time back where you sanded them too.
Your work is incredible and you have amazingly developed talent. You keep the bar raised pretty high for yourself by posting all these great pieces.

Thanks for posting this.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 10-25-2008 06:29 PM

Hi Dennis;

Up to your usual high standard!

VERY nice piece!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 10-25-2008 09:51 PM

Very nice!

-- - Ray

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