Purple Heart "Medal of Honour"

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 07-31-2008 02:18 AM 7480 views 6 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This replica scales seven-times the original size medal. and took 160 hours to make. It was carved from one solid piece of “PurpleHeart” hardwood. This exotic wood undergoes a degree of color change over time. It begins with a dull brown when freshly carved of sanded, but within a few days it oxidises to a violet purple. It is found in the tropical regions of Central and South America.

I Hand carved this replica, for a war veteran. It has three layers of 23carat gold leaf on the back and front. It also has 5 coats of clear polyurethane. The actual size of the carving is 1 3/4” thick x 7 1/2” x 16” Long. Photobucket
Close Up of the ribbon detail.
Close up the back.
Close up profile of George Washinton.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 02:30 AM

What a special carving for somebody who gave alot to each of us. Thanks to him and to you!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 02:48 AM


I’m proud of you for making it and double proud of the recipient. Not much more to say.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 02:53 AM

The soldier that I made it for. Had to have his knees replaced, because a hand grenade exploded right in front of him. I am very proud that he fought for us.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 03:16 AM

WOW! This is beautiful!

You are so generous, I am sure that he is appreciative of your work.

-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 03:30 AM

Dennis – A beautify display of your craftsmanship, and a beautyful display of respect towards the soldiers sacrifices. Well done!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 07-31-2008 04:03 AM

Very nice Sir! The purpleheart ribbon is so realisitc… I was looking at all the lines around Washington’s face (where the wood starts and the 24k ends), and it’s all so exact. Very nicely done!

It’s a very respectful piece, showcasing your talent and his honor.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 07-31-2008 04:21 AM

Truly spectacular. Thanks for sharing Dennis.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 07-31-2008 05:23 AM

Wow Dennis! I don’t know what else to say. I bet this brought a tear to his eye.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 07-31-2008 06:16 AM

Three cheers to you and the Medal recipient!

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

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#10 posted 07-31-2008 06:16 AM

Hi Dinnis;

This is spectacular craftsmanship!.

And the cause quite worthy of it!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 07-31-2008 09:50 AM


-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#12 posted 07-31-2008 01:06 PM

Unbelievable! You sir are truly talented.
My hats off to you.
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#13 posted 07-31-2008 02:41 PM

Superb, thoughtful, patriotic, generous, beautiful, inspirational and about a hundred other adjectives if I had a brain the size of your generous heart to think of them with.

I better get busy…

-- Jim

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#14 posted 07-31-2008 02:47 PM

Fantastic project, Dennis. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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

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Dan'um Style

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#15 posted 07-31-2008 02:54 PM

Nice posting. Cool subject and results

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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