"Joseph the Carpenter" Wood Carving, Life size

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Project by Dennis Zongker posted 07-02-2018 03:15 PM 2149 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the finished life size carving of Joseph the Carpenter. Placed at The Cloisters on the Platte in Nebraska. I’m very excited to be done with all three carvings, Jesus, Mother Mary, and Joseph. This has been a 2 1/2 year project with some blood sweat and tears. All three statues will be at the Cloisters on the Platte. Joseph will be here at the shop until Thursday, if any one would like to come down here at Zongkers to see Joseph, it would be great to see you. Also we will be here on the 4th of July at 10:00am to 4:00 Pm Thank you for looking, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July Holiday.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 07-02-2018 03:22 PM

Dennis, beautiful work, must make a trip to the cloisters to see all three pieces ! Thanks for sharing this awesome journey with those of us less talented. Stay well and greet Patti !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#2 posted 07-02-2018 03:24 PM

What beautiful work. Thank you for sharing. I wish I lived closer to see he face to face. Also what type of wood did you use and it it a solid piece?

-- "A man that works with his hands, knows his soul" " Have Fun, Go Fast, and Take Chances for Christ's Sake!!"

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#3 posted 07-02-2018 03:28 PM

Amazing work Dennis beautiful carving as are all of the pieces you’ve done. It has to be very satisfying to have this whole process done.

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#4 posted 07-02-2018 03:41 PM

That’s really terrific Dennis. You do excellent work and must have the “patience of a saint” (pun intended) to work so long on these projects.
I really appreciate seeing the process as it unfolded for you. For someone like me who has never done this type of work, it was fascinating to see how you attacked the project and accomplished it.
Are you done now and is it time to get back to furniture type projects? :)

-- Gary in OP

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#5 posted 07-02-2018 04:02 PM

It has been a 2 1/2-year project with some blood sweat and tears for Dennis. But what a wonderful accomplishment in his woodworking journey. There was never an obstacle too great that he didn’t overcome and find the best solution to achieve the best results. I cannot begin to express how proud I am of Dennis. I can’t seem to find words to describe how I feel I just know that no matter what he did it!!! And honestly many generations to come will be able to enjoy his works of art. Dennis this is just the beginning and I know you will always have the determination to continue to strive to always want to explore new possibilities and there is nothing out there you cannot do. You have a wonderful God given talent. I can’t wait to see what you do next. I love watching you design, create, carve, and build new and exciting things.. Here is to your new adventure! Joseph is so amazing!

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

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#6 posted 07-02-2018 04:57 PM

JUST WOW Dennis … you have done it again a very very beautiful likeness of our brother Joseph …. you my good sir are definitely a true Master Craftsmen ….GREAT JOB :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 07-02-2018 05:00 PM

Outstanding work Dennis!
Life size adds, pardon the pun, a new dimension!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 07-02-2018 05:10 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 07-02-2018 05:37 PM

Awesome work Dennis. Too bad Joseph wasen’t there to pose for you. I’m sure you would have done a great likeness.

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

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#10 posted 07-02-2018 05:42 PM

Amazing work Mr. Zongker. 3D carving in the round is the most difficult and under appreciated form of woodworking. Much respect sir.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#11 posted 07-02-2018 05:45 PM

unbelievably WOW. An amazing feat of patience, endurance and talent. Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 07-02-2018 07:30 PM

очень красивая работа

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#13 posted 07-02-2018 08:28 PM

You both look pretty handsome but I like Joseph’s footwear better. Amazing job.


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#14 posted 07-02-2018 10:02 PM

Congratulations on finishing up this wonderful project. I can’t even imagine what an undertaking this has been. All three projects look truly amazing, I don’t think I could pick a favorite! Thanks for sharing this journey with the rest of us.

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

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#15 posted 07-02-2018 10:14 PM

Excellent work Dennis. Until the last pic I wasn’t looking for life size.

Congrats on your 3, and thank you for posting.

A happy and safe 4th to you too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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