Minnesota Fats [11/25/2015]
That looks quite sturdy.
Ken Havinga [11/25/2015]
Dennis, this is incredible! Your workmanship is of the highest order! Can't wait to see the chairs....
Thank you fellow woodworkers, for your complements!!! It truly is inspiring.
Kilgore Trout [12/03/2015]
I hope that table is yours. Otherwise, your labor would take it over $150K coming out of our shop, then the materials. Even at low boy shop wages, no overhead, no other costs, it will be $50K.
While it is exceptional work, I just don't understand how you can survive, unless you are getting that top dollar for something like this. Granted, it is not my business.....
Dennis Zongker [12/03/2015]
Thank you, Kilgore Trout, for you concern on how much money I made on this table.
This table I made for a billionaire and he had no problem paying me, it was more than your price of $150K. So I guess I doing ok, Can I ask why does it bother you so much that I can make a good living making this kind of furniture? Do you make furniture like this?
Kilgore Trout [12/04/2015]
Let me repeat - Exceptional work. If you are getting top dollar for your work, then you get a second Bravo! It is gratifying to know that there is work like this being done, and that those doing it are getting paid well for it - as they should.
Too often we see eager practitioners doing great work but at starvation wages. This is not good for them as individuals or shop owners, and not good for the craft.
Again, let me say this is exceptional work and especially good that you can sell it at the right price. This good for all of us.
I've seen many of your projects on here, but this is by far the best. The workmanship , as always, is masterful, but the depth of field you've achieved in the marquetry is unbelievable. Those leaves and the eagle look three dimensional.
That is amazing work and it takes amazing patience and will. To become a professional at anything you need 1000s of hrs of practice. I think you have arrived. Your type of quality is what I aspire to do. I will keep plugging away at my hobby job craft. Hopefully I can spend more time on it when I retire from my regular job.
Dennis Zongker [12/04/2015]
Thank you JimD & DWM, for your kind words, it means a lot to me! Thank you.
Thanks Dennis, For sharing your work along with the details. I start at the stump and don't get any where near your destination . That proper renumeration takes place should inspire all of us to do better ,for ourselves and the planet. The forest can save us all.But the money has to figure that out.Thanks again for sharing your fantastic work.
Dennis Zongker [01/13/2016]
Thank you Johnny, it's great to hear from you!
Shawn Fender [04/22/2016]
I always find my way back to look at your projects. You consistently do some of the most beautiful work I've ever seen.
In a production world, true craftsmanship is a rare thing. If I end up with a portion of your talent, I'll be a happy man.
Great work as always. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
Dennis, I am curious how you did the marquetry. Was it all done on thin veneer sheet and then the sheet glued to the substrate (mohogany?) or is there some inlayed into the substrate directly?