If I can't build it... I will burn it

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Project by Patti Zongker posted 04-14-2013 05:14 PM 1961 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I am around woodworking everyday of my life being married to Dennis Zongker I keep searching for that one woodworking thing I could enjoying doing myself. Dennis is a wonderful inspiration to me just watching him create such beautiful furniture, carvings and marquetry I find myself always trying to find something new and exciting for myself.

Since I can not build out of wood I decided I would try burning it~~~ here is my first two attempts at Pyrography… they need a lot of work but it is fun learning.

Thank you for looking!

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

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 05:40 PM

Patti Very nice . And if you really don’t like it them you can really burn it.

There’s a man on LumberJocks that has been around on here for 6 years and he works in wood burning. His name is Jim Earl you might check him out.

-- 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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Patti Zongker

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#2 posted 04-14-2013 06:20 PM

Thank you James101 and thank you Karson I am always looking for inforamtion on burning, I will look him up

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

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#3 posted 04-14-2013 06:26 PM

I’ve looked at your thread a couple of times and have had to keep coming back to look again.
There is something in your work that brings life to the piece, and I think you are starting to capture the subject matter nicely.
Soon you will be a leader in this field.

If I may make a suggestion, have you thought about enhancing some of the work by adding chip carving to it? I think the rose could really pop with some well placed cuts.

(I am not criticizing your work at all, I am just kind of wondering through my keyboard).

Great Job!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Patti Zongker

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 06:43 PM

Hi Dallas thank you for the wonderful compliment… I have so much to learn about burning but there is always a beginning and I didn’t really want to put it on here because everyone does such beautiful things on here but my husband said it would be a good start to see what others think and thier suggestions. With that said….

I have read where some burn on carvings and I have only carved one thing before. I am working on a new wood burning project right now with alot of detail and when I am done I will surely look into trying the chip carving.. thank you for the suggestion and new idea.. love new thoughts if you have any more please feel free to let me know :)

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

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 07:06 PM

Wow, they all look wonderful Patti. From your first pic. I thought it was a woman dressed in furs, so I was surprised when it turned out to be a cat! Great work. Looking forward to more.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 07:16 PM

Beautiful Burn Little Bit!!! You did a great job on your first burnings.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Patti Zongker

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 07:35 PM

Thank you Stefang and Dennis ~~ reading the comments here sure does give me iinspiration thank you again everyone!

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

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#8 posted 04-14-2013 08:38 PM

thats a great burn ,came out beautiful,as most of the time i look at the main project pics and dont read till ive looked at them ,i thought i was looking at the eye of the tiger ,being from Louisiana im a LSU fan and thats their emblem on there field the fisrt shot looked like a eye of a tiger , the second shot looked like the eye with the face ear at the top and whiskers and a tigers nose and mouth at the bottem of the pic, the third seem to be about the same then clicked and a beautiful rose came up and clicked again and the rose shot came again clicked back and read what i was seeing , very nice ,it was a beautiful rose , works of art Patti two artiest in one house

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 04-14-2013 10:37 PM

Patti, I think you are off to a great start. I really like the rose and will look forward to seeing more.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 12:20 AM

Great work. You have a great touch with these.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 04-15-2013 01:49 AM

great to see your work Patti. Looking good.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#12 posted 04-15-2013 01:52 AM

Hello fellow “lumberjane”. Stunning rose, looks beautiful. Can’t believe these are your first two projects. Obviously you have the talent. Cat is very realistic looking, great job.
Also, how did you color the rose?

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#13 posted 04-15-2013 07:59 AM

Great job and a very impressive start no doubt. I was really surprised these were your first pieces. I look forward to seeing more of your projects

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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Patti Zongker

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#14 posted 04-15-2013 01:09 PM

Dee2 to answer your question in regards to the color in the rose it is a Microton Dye from M.L. Campbell. I did not do the finishing of the rose my husbands son did it for me. I had originally used colored pencils to add the color which works really good for adding color but he wanted to enhance it even more and to my surprise it tuned out with real vibrant colors.

To everyone else: yes these are my first two projects I really have a lot to learn in regards to getting the proper shading down to make it look more real. But it is fun learning.. :)Thank you for the comments sure is uplifting to read. :)

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

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#15 posted 04-15-2013 01:56 PM

Very nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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