"Salumpwet" dungon

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 12-17-2012 02:16 PM 8512 views 17 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys,

I’m sharing with you another piece from my Kolektor Series 2012 exhibit.
This seat is carved from an 8” x 24” x 48” solid block of dungon (Iron wood). This was the very first piece I did in preparation for my show. I thought that starting with the toughest wood would make all the rest of the projects work like butter. I was wrong! The more I knew I could handle the work the more the proceeding designs became complex. And the more the pieces became difficult the more I felt the mind knew what to do but the body was getting a bit too tired. At the end, seeing all the pieces laid out at the show was all well worth the work put into it.

I gouged the seat first and marked where the legs should go. I had the block of wood sent to a machinist that bore truck engine blocks. I had them punch 5” diameter holes into the bottom of the iron wood block. The sides were carved carefully to expose the top of the legs on some parts. The legs were then pulled off and I started carving the bottom of the seat. All in all this took 1-1/2 months to finish.

Seat: dungon (iron wood)
Legs: molave (Philippine teak)
Soles for legs: balayong

Ht 20”
W 24”
L 48”

This piece weighs around 160- 180 lbs.

All woods used are reclaimed from old houses as with all my other projects.

Have a nice day!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 02:26 PM

You are awesome! Thank you for posting this… tough I must say I feel a bit frustrated by seeing stuff I won’t be able to make in at least my next two lives :D

I love the movement and the waves… and the color of wood reminds me of dark chocolate… lovely. [1]

[1] (Chocolate en rama, as we call it in Argentina, translated it would be something like ‘chocolate logs/branches’)


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#2 posted 12-17-2012 02:48 PM

admirable! That job! copying down is a spectacular excess.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 02:49 PM

Another eye popping, amazing piece in the Benji Woodworking category (only one member)
Definitely in a class by yourself .
Tiring as it may have been, surely the result was worth the pain.

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

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 03:02 PM


just wow.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 03:04 PM

wow Benji. this is fantastic, as with all of your work this really beautiful and a lot of work, your design ideas really take something ordinary and transform it into real beauty…im really enjoying your weekly or so treats, gives me something to look forward to…i want to wish you a merry Christmas and i hope your girls are with you during the holidays… as you already know, i just love your really happy that you share it here on lumberjocks…grizz

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

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 03:08 PM

Beautiful work!

(How much does it weigh?)

-- "Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." -Mark Twain

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 03:11 PM

Thanks guys! Grizz, Yes buddy. With our two girls right now in Adelaide. A merry Christmas to you and your family!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 03:13 PM

SBR Pearce, It weighs about 160- 180 lbs.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 03:34 PM

I agree WOW!

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 03:39 PM

All I can do is echo all the fantastic comments that I nad everyone else have said in the past. Your creations are excellente and most definitely your style of individuality.

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#11 posted 12-17-2012 03:43 PM

Incredible as always. That’s a lot of carving. Just awesome.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 04:01 PM

You sure like to do things up nice. And hard, and complicated, and – well you know what I mean.

A beautiful job Benji

-- 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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#13 posted 12-17-2012 04:04 PM

An incredible WONDER!



Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 04:10 PM

So unique and creative ,great job Benji.


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#15 posted 12-17-2012 04:49 PM

Your Work is just so AMAZING!!
I don’t know how you do it? But keep doing it!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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