"2010" Best in "Carving" Woodcarving Illustrated
2010 "People's Choice" Woodcarving Illustrated
2009 "CWB National Design Portfolio Contest Winner"
|Chess table and chairs||Dining table and chairs||Parquetry Dining Table||Santa Cabinet|
|Queen Victorian Style, King Bed||"Victorian Style Dresser"||Carved Bench||Hutch|
Skill Building Techniques for Seven Unique Projects
Author: Dennis Zongker
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Due in bookstores
October 22, 2013
||Skill Building Techniques for Seven Unique Projects|
|Artist Sketch Box||Serpentine Coin Box||Playing Card Box||Cameo Box|
|Rose Box with carving and marquetry||
2011 "CWB National Design Portfolio People's Choice" Award Winner
72 Note Music Box
2013 "CWB National Design Portfolio People's Choice" Award Winner
Traditional Jewelry Box with Marquetry
|Traditional Jewelry Box without Marquetry|
|"Green man 2"||Persian King Column Carving #1||Persian King Column Carving #2||"Green man"|
|Gothic Cat 2||"Zongker Brothers" Crest||Lion Mascot||Gothic Cat|
|"Purple Heart Carving"||Methodist Flames||Bathroom Vanity with carving||Carved Roses|
|carved mantel and carved crown moulding||carved corbels and moldings||Hand carving||Dining Table|
|"Conference table with Logo"||Fun Marquetry||Rose Marquetry||Santa Marquetry|
|Lion Marquetry||Cameo Marquetry||Farwell Marquetry||Rose Box|
|Carved from an old picture||Carved Picture and Frame||Carved rope moldings||Hand carved Acanthus Leaves|
|Werner Paint Can||Game Table||TV Lift cabinet with carving||hand carved corbels|
Replica Carving Center Piece
" 120 year old Music Box"
|Carving added to Armoire||
"Toning, Staining and Spraying
a Polyurethane Finish"
|Carving Classes Offered
Instructor: Dennis Zongker
|2012 "CWB National Design Portfolio People's Choice" Award Winner||
|2013 "CWB National Design Portfolio People's Choice" Award Winner|
|Eric Zongker...||Like father-like son~!|
I have spent many hours on research and education to achieve the best method and outcome on all my projects. I believe in the importance of preserving the old methods of woodworking.
Have you ever looked at furniture from the early 18th century and thought, "How did they create such a beautiful piece?" Furniture back then was so beautiful but so busy at the same time. I have always thought creating a piece with the “Old World” touch that would be less busy and more simplified with the same intricacy would be amazing.
Through the history of furniture making, furniture became more simplified over each time period. Then it jumped and created a gap from complicated to simplified and I am stuck in that gap. With my dedication and devotion to the “old world methods,” I continue to learn new techniques through reading about craftsmen of the past. I am inspired by other woodworkers that have mastered a certain area of woodworking. I feel that I can always learn something new from reading old methods and using past woodworkers experiences to influence my way of working.
I have been a professional woodworker for over 28 years and I still like to make sawdust. What I enjoy most is making a piece of furniture from the beginning design stages all the way through to the very last finishing stage. When I design and build a piece of furniture, my intension's are for the piece of furniture to last 100 years or more. I love going out in the shop and running the table saw or the jointer. I love adding the marquetry and carving to furniture and not making it too gaudy, but trying to make it as clean as possible.
I have spent a lot of time specializing in carving, marquetry and engineering on AutoCAD. I have engineered over 4,000 different pieces of custom furniture. I have also studied Violin and guitar making, finishing, turning, joinery, and most all aspects of woodworking. I have spent many years on learning techniques in all aspects of woodworking and have taken what I have learned to develop my own methods to achieve the best outcome.
Marquetry and parquetry are surely one of the most beautiful art forms. I have always felt that a very skilled craftsman is equal to an artist. A craftsman has the added discipline of improving his skills with hand tools, natural materials, and tolerances of expansion and contraction. By designing marquetry and parquetry into an average piece of furniture, you can make it an extraordinary piece of art.
I am very grateful that I have had several step by step articles published in Wood Carving Illustrated on my carving techniques. I have found that with a little patience you can carve just about anything you set your mind to. Right now I am working on my first book due to be in print by 2013 by Taunton Press. above is a collection of my work. Thank you for looking.