"Teaching A Carving Class" An Ornamental Sunflower.

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 05-09-2010 05:40 PM 6054 views 13 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m very excited to be teaching my first carving class, starting on Saturday, May 15th I was asked by Gerry Phelan the owner of, “Midwest Woodworkers,”a well known woodworking store here in Omaha, Nebraska.

There will be 5 students in the class. Which is the maxim that his class room will hold. That’s good for me, any more then that would be difficult to teach them effectively.

The class will be a beginners class on, “Architectural Ornamental carving.”

The size of the Sunflower is 3/4” x 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” Carved out of Basswood. Thank you for Looking.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 05:51 PM

Every time I see your work I get the urge to run out and buy some carving equipment. I always love to see your work. thanks.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 05:53 PM

If I were in Omaha I would take your class. But as it is I guess I would just copy your sunflower.

What wood did you use?


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 06:07 PM

So there’s no sanding involved as shown by the pictures, I’m gonna have to try that. I also noticed that you use a paper template and carve through it, do you have to put down another piece of paper on top after each carving stroke? Great job and congrats my friend on teaching others, but then you’ve been teaching us all for awhile now. I hope you know the questions were a bit of dry humor, I picture you reading this and shaking your head, saying ” is Dan serious?”

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 06:34 PM

goodness….I wish I could attend!

Perhaps one day, when my schedule allows. Hope you have an enjoyable experience


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 06:38 PM

I wish I lived closer.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#6 posted 05-09-2010 06:40 PM

Dennis it is good to hear you are going to start teaching. It is a wonderful way to take your woodworking skills to a new level and to share your skills with others. I hope this is just the beginning for you and may you enjoy each and everyday. Is there more classes in the future?

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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#7 posted 05-09-2010 07:32 PM

I can only repeat what others have said, If I only lived closer.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#8 posted 05-09-2010 08:00 PM

That looks like a very nice project for a beginner Dennis.

Have fun!!

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

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#9 posted 05-09-2010 08:54 PM

Looks like a project your students will like. I hope you enjoy teaching. You will surely have motivated students and that should make it especially rewarding.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-09-2010 10:24 PM

How very cool! Let me know when you have another, I’ll fly out to Omaha for that!

-- "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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#11 posted 05-09-2010 10:53 PM

A high accolade for a wonderful woodworker.. Oh to be able to attend.. and I do like that flower.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 05-10-2010 12:34 AM

Midwest Woodworkers are very lucky to have you as a teacher, you must keep us posted as to how it all works out (with pics I hope)!!!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#13 posted 05-10-2010 12:39 AM

Hey Dennis;

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 05-10-2010 01:08 AM

‘bout time!! Glad to hear of it Dennis.Like some one else said we’ve been learning from you for a long time.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 05-10-2010 02:43 AM

Im sure I could learn much from you Dennis….awesome talent you have, to be able to teach too….even better!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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