Intarsia #2: Hummingbird Day 1

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Blog entry by TripleB posted 08-09-2012 04:29 AM 5741 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Hummingbird Intarsia pattern arrived today, quicker than I thought it would, which is always a pleasant surprise. And I actually did take a couple pictures of it. First off, the pattern came from Judy Gale Roberts at I ordered two patterns and they both came neatly packed in a nice mailing tube. The patterns came complete with instructions and an 8 1/2” x 11” color photo of how the finished project should look. The pattern itself is printed on a heavy tracing paper and printed in red ink. The red ink supposedly makes it easier to see the lines when cutting on the scroll saw. I use the pattern strictly as a guide, I don’t cut it on the saw so the red ink really has no greater value to me, but that’s just the way I have been taught to make Intarsia, others may go ahead and use the actual pattern on their wood to cut out the pieces.

When I get an Intarsia pattern I first tape it down to my work bench so that it will not move around, than I cover it with clear packing tape. I use the clear packing tape to protect it from sweat drips, spills and glue. When I’m done with it I just pull up the tape and it is ready to use again. The pictures below show the tube and accessories that came with the pattern and than a clear shot of the pattern taped down.

As I go through this process you will get a better understanding as to why the pattern is taped down.

I already started on the lower leaves tonight, but honestly just to tired to take more pics, but I will tomorrow before I get much further.

Earlier I stated “That is how I was taught” you might be wondering who is teaching me. The person that is helping/ mentoring me on my new Intarsia venture is simply a Master of Intarsia. Instead of taking my word for it, let me show you some samples of his work.

Hopefully you’ll agree that the three pictures above are Masterful, They were made by Al Winberg from California. Al lives three thousand miles away from my Lakeland home in Florida, and we have never personally met, yet he is willing to share his talents with me. Today’s technology with Skype and email make it a lot easier. I feel completely honored that a man with his ability is willing to take his time to tutor someone with as little talent as I have. Believe me I will learn what he teaches me, I only hope I can make my projects be half as good as his are, and I’ll be a happy camper!

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 09:15 AM

So far so good, Look fwd to seeing more.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 10:34 AM

Beautiful looking projects from your friend. I’m looking forward to seeing your hummingbird.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 11:18 AM

This will be a beautiful pattern! Having a mentor to help you along is a wonderful gift. Sharing knowledge with others is awesome. I can’t wait to see your piece develop! :)


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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 11:49 AM

His work is so beautiful! I’m lalso ooking forward to seeing your hummingbirds.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 03:05 PM

Looking forward to see how your projects develops. This is something that I would like to try one day.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 08-11-2012 12:27 PM

I like seeing your progress on this project. I’m a newbie to intarsia as well and like yourself I found Al (through another forum) and reached out to him for advice on sanding machines and he was more than happy to help and consult with me. He’s quite a standup guy and I admire his knowledge and expertise. I also really like his custom patterns. Keep up the sharing of your projects, what a great way to pay it forward.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 10:52 AM

There are 2 congratulations here, one for your work Bob, and the other for Al who is passing on his talent.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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