Worth the Journey

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Blog entry by Patti Zongker posted 08-07-2013 12:41 AM 1422 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s hard to believe that after two years of very hard work Dennis Zongker and I have finally received word that the book is at the printers… Working with Dennis has been filled with learning, laughing, and stressing over deadlines and in the end worth every second of it.

Dennis has worked many hours and through all that he has managed to keep his head up high and not loose sight of his goals. He always pushes so hard and his dream was to one day be able to write a book. Well he is finished with his very first book. If you can dream it and you work hard at it anything in this world is possible.

Dennis has been so encouraging and such a wonderful understanding teacher. I have never built anything out of wood nor did I even have a clue what a dado, spline or jig was. I never knew what a vertical section versus a plan view was on an AutoCAD drawing. At least now I do.

A lot of time, work and effort went into completing the book. Dennis and I gave up a lot of late nights, family time, holidays and weekends. Now that we are near the end I have to say it was worth the journey to get to where we are today and I would do it again.

Thank you Dennis for putting up with me and taking the time to help me to understand exactly how to build all seven of these beautiful boxes and put every step into words.

I created a facebook page for the book for anyone that might be interested in following along. It will have sneak peeks inside, special announcements and press releases.

Thanks for your support and Happy woodworking!

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

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 01:08 AM

For those who don’t want to support facebook, can you post the peeks inside and special announcements here also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 01:09 AM

I can’t wait to get my hands on that book!

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

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 01:33 AM

Congratulations to you both, that is a Huge Accomplishment!!
I’m looking forward to seeing it in Print!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 01:58 AM

I’m watching my mailbox.
Can’t wait.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 03:25 AM

Anxious to see the book. I’ll definitely be adding it to my collection of books on boxes.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 05:36 AM

I would buy the book to support Dennis, but come on MAN; facebook? really, you’ve got to have a sneak preview on a woodworking forum not on a; “sharing site” as you speak of!
glad to hear Dennis is writing a book.he does some very cool work.

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Patti Zongker

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 02:43 PM

Thank you for your comments and suggestions… Karson and doordude: I will work on posting the information on LJ for those who do not follow FB I am not very good at the posting on here but I will have Dennis post for me.. thank you

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

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 03:24 PM

Dennis is a fine craftsman and has a lot of knowledge to share and I wish you both much success with the book.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Patti Zongker

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#9 posted 08-07-2013 03:35 PM

Thank you Charles

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

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 10:19 PM

Congratulations Patti and Dennis. Teamwork from a dynamic pair!!! Look forward to reading your book!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Patti Zongker

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#11 posted 08-08-2013 05:45 PM

Thank you MichaelA

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

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