Beginning intarsia: a scarecrow.

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 10-05-2012 07:37 PM 2061 reads 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you have a scroll saw, you might want to try creating an intarsia piece. Think of the process as “painting” with wood.

Here's my scarecrow pattern.

List of intarsia tips.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 07:56 PM

I believe what you’ve done is actually called Segmentation. It is very similar to intarsia though. That aside, you’ve done a superb job. Personally, I don’t mind the paint at all. And I mimic your use of ‘Ye old Sand Clamp’. VERY well done. This looks like one of those that I’ll be copying. Thanks for the inspiration.

If I had one thing to say TO your scarecrow, it would definitely be ”Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”.

Tip: I too loathe sanding. In the future you might consider using a flap sander to do that kind of work. I think you’ll find other uses for it too.

Edit: Well, after reading the Tips, it looks like I’m wrong. It is still a nice project.

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 08:06 PM

... somehow… I thought there were supposed to be 4 fingers…(?)

Nice job!

That looks like a lot of work! ... and a good selection of types of wood!

Thank you.

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 08:27 PM

Steve great timing

I’ve been looking for tips for a project

that I’m busy on the design stage

He is a great looking scarecrow


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#4 posted 10-06-2012 01:10 AM

I like your scrollsaw :)

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#5 posted 10-06-2012 01:48 AM

Steve this is a project that I truly love. I think you did a wonderful job.

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#6 posted 10-06-2012 01:54 AM

Tip for the mouth and similar… Use a woodburner or soldering iron ;)

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#7 posted 10-06-2012 12:07 PM

That is a great project. I also like the sandbag!

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#8 posted 10-06-2012 01:19 PM

Great project Steve. I’m not into Intarsia as of yet but after watching you do it I might just give it a go. Thanks.

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#9 posted 10-06-2012 01:41 PM

Love the intarsia demo. As soon as I get a scroll saw, I plan to try that to augment some of my turnings. I especially like the six fingers on the one hand—all the more to pick with ;>)

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#10 posted 10-06-2012 04:56 PM

very nice work on this project! like it a lot!

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#11 posted 10-06-2012 08:27 PM

That project was done so well, we can no longer call you mere mortal. You are now a super woodworker!

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#12 posted 10-07-2012 10:51 AM

This looks really great, Steve! I think you did an awesome job. The hardest thing with intarsia is getting the pieces to fit together without gaps and I think that you did wonderful at that. I love your choice of wood, too. Most people start with a really simple pattern but it blew me away when I saw how nice this is. You really should be proud of yourself! Great job! :)


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

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#13 posted 10-08-2012 05:42 AM

Great video and ironic timing as I was looking up Christmas patterns the day before you posted.
I am awaiting a new shop before I buy a scroll saw, but just happened to have changed my band saw to a much thinner blade…. so maybe you will encourage me to try something.
ps: glad the shaky/moving video camera technique is gone, you are much easier to watch now

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#14 posted 10-08-2012 04:28 PM

Hi Steve.

As usual, a great job. I await with bated breath your patterns for the lion and tin man.


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#15 posted 10-08-2012 07:36 PM

Another awesome video

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