Sleeping Lion

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Project by Tony posted 05-09-2009 02:14 PM 2056 views 3 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from one piece of basswood, excluding the walnut base. It stands about 8 inches high. I started with a rough band sawn blank, leaving a lot of room for “adjustment”. I use full size tools and a mallet; they are actually easier on the arthritis. The fur is burned on hair at a time and then painted with thin layers of acrylic. I’m happy with the carving, but not the paint. That’s a little bright for me. Well, I could just “adjust” it later.

-- Tony, Sacramento

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#1 posted 05-09-2009 02:26 PM

This type of work amazes me! It takes a real artist to do this. It looks great! Love it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 05-09-2009 02:41 PM

Yep, I agree. 99.9% of us could never aspire to put out something with this much realism and detail. I really admire someone who can and realize that it is a natural born gift, No amount of training would ever enable me to do this. My hat’s off to you woodshaver. Beautiful piece.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#3 posted 05-09-2009 03:25 PM

Beautifully done! I can see the lion’s weight oozing over the stump as the lazy beast sleeps.

I wonder if you lightly re-coat the piece with your finish and then rub it off to get a more satin finish. This way you won’t have to sand or remove it. If you let the concave crevices stay shiney, you may have a more 3-D reflective effect (shiney & flat surfaces).

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 05-09-2009 03:40 PM

That is fantastic. Great job.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#5 posted 05-09-2009 04:34 PM

Great idea. Well done and very interesting to look at. Very cool!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 05-09-2009 04:50 PM

Wow , this is magnificent work!
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#7 posted 05-09-2009 05:47 PM

Tony, this is a wonderful carving. I was not gifted with this talent so I have a great deal of respect for those who are able to express themselves in this fashion. The carving took a lot of time, effort and ability to produce and it is so realistic. Great job.

And you did a nice job with the photography as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 05-09-2009 05:50 PM

Wow, there’s a smidgen of talent there I’d say. Well done!

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#9 posted 05-09-2009 05:54 PM

Tony Tony Tony
What have you done? You’ve made a masterpiece. So wonderful.

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#10 posted 05-09-2009 06:12 PM

This is a wonderful piece of art Tony. Its dynamic and lifelike yet somewhat whimsical. I’d give my right leg to be able to carve like that (I would need my right arm to carve of course). Looking forward to the next one!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 05-09-2009 06:13 PM

Amazing! Hard to believe it was done by hand. Maybe the pictures don’t show it but I think the paint looks great.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#12 posted 05-09-2009 07:02 PM

I am not sure i can do that Tony, its great job,
love that, its same look likes the real one from the jungle at my place,
how long did you make that ?


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#13 posted 05-09-2009 09:20 PM

That’s absolutely wonderful!
I’m one of those people who pay attention to details and I must say that you did an excellent job. I mean, look at its face, it is so realistic.

-- - The Grizzle Tools Blog

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#14 posted 05-09-2009 09:27 PM

wow wow wow as above i’m in awe truely stunning

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#15 posted 05-09-2009 10:05 PM

Beautiful!!! You did a incredible job. Lion’s are my favorite. Thanks for 4 posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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