Persian King Number One

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 02-16-2013 11:33 PM 3822 views 13 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of two Persian king carvings for a custom column that I am making for in a customers home. The carving is 18-in. x 24-in. and the stain will match the gray slat color on the artwork. To seal the wood I brushed on a conditioner on both sides of the 2-in.-thick basswood.

This Persian king is seated on a cushioned throne holding a staff and flower, two traditional symbols of royal power in Persia dated around 2500 years ago. This is just one side of a carved column for a customers home. The opposing two sides of the column is hand-carved to match artwork provided by the customer of two different Persian Kings while the other two sides will have routed flutes down the sides with a base and top crown molding.

The next King carving will be of a king battling a monster.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 02-16-2013 11:36 PM

Fantastic work as always, Dennis!

I’d love to see what this house is going to look like when it’s finished.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-16-2013 11:44 PM


-- Ride hard or go home~

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#3 posted 02-16-2013 11:51 PM

It was very enjoyable watching you carve this panel~~You did a wonderful job Dennis :)~~

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

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#4 posted 02-17-2013 12:16 AM

As always Dennis, great work. Your amazing talent goes without saying. The details on this are great. I really like the cracks it gives it an extra added touch. Always a pleasure to look at what you’re working on.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-17-2013 12:18 AM

Dennis A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 02-17-2013 12:39 AM

Bravo! Fantastic work Dennis. More please!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 12:46 AM

You are quite an amazing artist! It simply takes my breath away! Incredible!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 02-17-2013 01:07 AM

Great looking job Dennis is the last picture the stone original? Looking forward to seeing more pics of the other side…very cool!

-- Cosmicturner

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#9 posted 02-17-2013 01:09 AM

Damn! You’re good!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 02-17-2013 01:40 AM

Wowzville that’s cool. Great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 02-17-2013 01:45 AM

Truly amazing work Dennis, I love your projects, they are the best.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#12 posted 02-17-2013 01:54 AM

Spectacular! True artistry and skill.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 02-17-2013 02:06 AM

Brilliant work Dennis.

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

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#14 posted 02-17-2013 03:17 AM

Wow! You even have the cuneiform down! Your work is simply amazing. I’d love to see some Assyrian lion hunts, too. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 02-17-2013 03:37 AM

Very nicely done. Beautiful carving.

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