My First Intarsia

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Blog entry by Chris Mobley posted 02-15-2013 03:54 PM 1483 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My First Intarsia

I was looking through a woodworking magazine one day and stumbled across an article on Intarsia. The article said that Intarsia was a forgotten art that was gaining again in popularity. I was just intrigued by the pictures and decided to give it a try and create my first intarsia piece. I picked out and ordered my first pattern of a lake scene with a swan. I began on the piece right away. I had a wonderful time creating the design and putting it all together. When I was finished, I was less than satisfied with the result though. It just didn’t seem right to me. It felt like something was missing. The design called for very little variation in the colors of the wood and there was a lack of detail. Never the less, my wife seemed overjoyed with the finished product and hung it on the wall in our home. I knew that I could do better.

Almost immediately, I began doing some research on ways to enhance the technique. My wife is a bit of an artist herself and together we drew my next piece instead of purchasing a pattern. This piece was much larger than the first design with much more detail. We got ideas from photographs and from a magazine. The décor of our living room at the time was the inspiration for the piece. I decided to paint this piece along with the use of stain to get the desired look. This design turned out much better than my first piece and I was very satisfied with the final product. We left the first one up on the wall for a long time as a reminder of the progress I had made in my art. A few years back, it was taken down and placed in storage.

The second Intarsia piece is still hanging on my living room wall to this day. The key to becoming a good woodworker is learning and growing from you past projects. Since the very first Intarsia project, on each one that I complete, I always take a step back and ask myself “How could I make this better?” This desire to continue to grow is what had gotten me to where I am today. I challenge myself on each item and strive to do something new. I was not able to get a photograph of my very first Intarsia piece however; I was able to get one of the second.

-- Chris Mobley -

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#1 posted 02-15-2013 04:29 PM

Intarsia intrigues me but I’m not that good cutting in that much detail. You do really good werk though.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#2 posted 02-15-2013 04:32 PM

Thank you very much! There is alot of cutting involved and the more detail the more cuts. I enjoy putting these together though, its almost like a jigsaw puzzle!

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#3 posted 02-15-2013 04:51 PM

Nice work. I like the theme.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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