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Location: Oregon

I am an accomplished intarsia artist. I began using wood as an artistic medium around 1999. The natural color and grain of wood is the perfect medium for creating colorful and realistic pieces based on nature. Custom pieces, including pet portraits are my specialty. I have created custom pieces for people worldwide. I am self-taught, and endeavour to capture an animal’s personality and expression in wood. I create finished pieces for sale made from commercially available patterns as well as my own designs.

I am a Contributing Editor to Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine - with both my own designs and those of intarsia designer Bruce Worthington. I am also a contributor to Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine. I have been fortunate to have had quite a few of my pieces chosen to be featured on the cover of Creative Woodworks & Crafts.

I am a moderator for an Intarsia Yahoo group as well as Scroll Saw Woodworking magazine’s online forum for scroll saw artists. I enjoy encouraging others and teaching them by sharing my experience within the groups, giving others confidence and improving their own skills.

Starting with a pattern, I select the types of woods I will use in a project. The color and grain selection of the wood is an important first step. Each piece is first cut out with a scroll saw, then shaped and sanded utilizing several types of sanding tools depending on the desired results. Once each piece has been shaped, they are all glued together and several coats of a clear satin finish is applied to protect and enhance the natural colors of the wood. No stains are used (unless absolutely necessary) and the only paint used is a highlight dot in the eyes of animals. This highlight brings the piece to life. The project is then glued to a backing for added strength. Each finished project is numbered and signed. I then list the woods used to create the piece on the back.

Artist Statement: Janette Square
“When I create an intarsia for someone, I strive to create something meaningful and personal to them. Whether a portrait of a beloved pet or a landscape of someplace that holds a special meaning, these custom pieces challenge me to bring to life in wood, a part of their life that is important to them. This, I find is the most rewarding aspect of what I do. When my art work brings happiness to someone - it is the best reason I can think of to create it.”

-- Janette, Intarsia Artist & Contributing Editor Creative Woodworks & Crafts Magazine

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#1 posted 525 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
See the drop-down box underneath my Lumberjocks in the upper right hand corner. Click on the arrow and select which type of posting you want to make (Project, Blog entry, Forum topic). This will take you to the appropriate page and you just fill in the form.
Sending Private messages(PMs) to other members
Click on the word” home” next to the profile picture of the member you want to contact ,then click on “send message”
Need help with posting or other questions ?
Martin SojKa ( LJs founder)
Ms DebbieP AKA Debbie Pribele (Ljs community manager)
Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.

-- Custom furniture

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7588 posts in 1552 days

#2 posted 525 days ago

Hi, Jeanette! Glad to see you here! So many great people and a wonderful place to showcase your beautiful work! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 525 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks – enjoy the Community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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12 posts in 525 days

#4 posted 525 days ago

Hi Sheila! Just trying to find my way around and hopefully contribute in some way.
Hi Bill- thank you for the welcome!

-- Janette, Intarsia Artist & Contributing Editor Creative Woodworks & Crafts Magazine

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#5 posted 525 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#6 posted 524 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!
From what a read on this page that you wrote about your self and from your first project post, You are gonna fit right in here.
I can’t wait to see more of your work!
I do not want to miss any of your work and I want to learn some from you, So I am adding you to my buddies!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 524 days ago

Janette, welcome to Lumberjocks. We are happy to have you and your years of Intarsia experience as part of this global community of woodworkers. As a novice at Intarsia I look forward to seeing more of your work and learn from your expertise.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 524 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Your work is so fine!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 516 days ago

Welcome aboard. It’s great that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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