Masters #1: Some people, (Dennis Zongker), are just too good!

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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 2031 days ago 1102 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone;

I just wanted to congratulate our fellow L.J., Dennis Zongker, for having his “Griffin End Table” published in the Dec. ‘08 issue of C.W.B. ( Custom Woodworking Business) Magazine. pgs. 26 & 27

In an article appropriately titled; “An End Table to End All End Tables”, Dennis’s table is shown in two beautiful photographs.

In the interview, his passion and knowledge of furniture styles and periods is obvious. A sign of someone that truly immerses themselves in their work, stemming from a genuine love of their work.

His workmanship is nothing short of amazing, as is his design skill.

Certainly an inspiration to me, and I’ll bet most of us L.J.”s

Congratulations, Dennis


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2031 days ago

That is one impressive table. We are lucky to have Dennis Zonker hang around here.

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#2 posted 2031 days ago

Congratulations Dennis and thank you Lee for highlighting it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 2031 days ago

Congrats to Dennis!
There is no doubt that his design and craftsmanship put him in the top of his field.
It is great having Dennis here at LJ.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 2031 days ago

Congratulations Dennis.That is one of the most beautiful tables I have ever seen.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 2031 days ago

And I have to pipe in that Dennis is as open-handed and unassuming as he seems here on these pages. His generosity to me personally has been astounding, and it’s refreshing to see someone who is just so excited by the process of his craft.

I think Dennis is blessed to be successful at Element Two of life (Element One being the Golden Rule – which he also practices to full effect): ”Do what you love, love what you do.” That fact that he gets a paycheck from this is a testament to his skill and vision, and just a fair ladle of gravy to boot.

Congratulations on your win, Dennis. You entirely deserve it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 2031 days ago

that is once deserving piece

Congrats Dennis!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 2031 days ago

Well deserved praise for a very accomplished artist. I add my congratulations, Dennis. You are some punkins!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 2031 days ago

Congratulations Dennis! You are a true craftsman of your craft.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 2031 days ago

Thank you Lee! It is a honor coming from you. I have the highest respect for you. Your a excellent craftsman, business man, And I’ve always enjoyed your blogs and comments here on Lumberjocks.

Also I wanted to thank everyone else here at lumberjocks. Their are so many talented woodworkers here at Lumberjocks! This web site has given inspiration, to try to get better. Plus this web site is a lot of fun, I’ts like being a kid in a candy store.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 2031 days ago

Hey BeechPilotBarry, Yes we were. It was in the August 1996 issue. It was a four page artical. Man doe’s time fly. That was 12 1/2 years ago.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 2031 days ago

Hi Dennis;

Thank you for the very big compliment, it is I that is honored. It’s my pleasure to know you, and learn from you.

And I have to agree, the kid in a candy store is the perfect description. All these LJ’s who are afflicted with the same sickness; (woodworking).

I mean who else leaves their day job just long enough to eat, then willingly go back to work (?). And be happy about it!

I suspect many of us here share the same conviction with our projects. If it’s not impossible, why bother?

Again, may I say you are an inspiration.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2031 days ago

Hi Barry;

Thank you for bringing that up. I knew I saw Dennis’s name somewhere. I was thinking in the Post Office, but somehow that just didn’t seem right! LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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matt garcia

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#13 posted 2031 days ago

WOW!! And I thought David Marks had intricate inlays!! And what about those carvings!! I think I can safely speak for everyone here in our chant “We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy”!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#14 posted 2031 days ago

Lee, your perfectly correct, Dennis has created a very fine work of art.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 2030 days ago

I agree Barry.

My wife can’t understand why I would want to save them.

But cookbooks all over the place is okay right?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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