It was requested on another forum for me to explain how I capture my intarsia patterns digitally, create vector artwork, then modify that artwork for accurate double bevel cutting…so here it is for my LJ friends: I’ll try to explain the techniques I’ve developed for digitizing my patterns and using that pattern to expand the artwork for accurate double bevel cutting. Keep in mind, I just started intarsia less than 2 years ago, only have 7 projects under my belt and only tried double ...
Hey Lumberjocks! I’ve grown to love making Intarsia, and it’s much easier to make than it looks. I decided to let others see just how easy intarsia can be. I put together this 7 part video series on how to make a simple Intarsia sea shell so that those that might want to try can at least get a nice taste of it. Once you have the basics down, than you can take on just about any Intarsia pattern there is. Click on the picture below to go to the 7 part series and also get a free p...
Well! It’s about time I got my act together to greet you all, and wish each and everyone a very healthy and happy New Year. Late I know, but better late than never, eh?! I know many of you have been very productive since my last posting in May … having enjoyed viewing and commenting as often as possible. Between cabin life, Xmas projects with the grandkids, and moving my 93 year old Dad just before Xmas into his semi-assisted lifestyle (where he is very content) ... the whir...
I came to a point where I was stuck on my table project. While pondering a solution to my current problem, I thought I would fill in the down time with something small. I once saw an intarsia map. It was pretty cool looking. I thought that would be fun to do. So I started making a map of Wisconsin, with each county a separate piece of wood. My original idea was to use local woods. Red oak, maple and willow in the south. White pine, red pine and birch in the north. I abandoned this plan and...
Well got that bug again after work. Looks like its gonna be a regular visitor. Well got in the shop (garage) today and decide to not give up just yet on my intarsia project. So as I’m walking in I remember an extremely uncomfortable position in which I had spent the afternoon/evening prior so unpleasantly perched in. You see not to mention was it filled with the ups and downs of a good woodworking adventure I was also doing it all squatted in the floor because I don’t have a work ...
So there I was at home alone. The wife working late and the bug, the wood bug, hits and it hits hard. Chances are if you’re reading this you know what I’m talking about. The only real difference between me and you is I have little to no experience dealing with this burning excitement growing deep within me. Now I have taken some minor steps to prepare for such an itch. Things like buy a $20 off brand band saw from a friend and of course watch as many YouTube videos as I could manage. I mean h...
Fish Out of Water – Intarsia Woodworking Most everything that I do, I do with someone in mind and/or for some reason. I very rarely make something just to make it. I found a picture a while back that I really liked of a fish jumping up out of the water to catch a dragon-fly. What drew me to this design was the way the water seemed to splash right out of the frame over a log. I had it printed and held on to it until now. My brother-in-law had a band saw that he never used and it seem...
I was flipping through our local newspaper this weekend when I came upon an article about a new local business that has just recently opened in Azle, TX. called The Lace Bandana. What caught my eye were photographs of homemade crafts and art from local artisans from around the area. I read the article to find out that a mother daughter duo has opened this unique store to give local vendors an opportunity to share in their passion of creating and selling one of a kind products. I just h...
I have just finished a new project that I am very excited about titled Longhorn Stampede. One of my favorite artist is Roberta Wesley. I often draw inspiration from her works. She has done a painting called “Day of the Horns” that I am very fond of, and this work inspired me to do a piece that I call Longhorn Stampede. In Roberta’s painting, the thing that draws me to it the most is the fact that the longhorn cattle seem to be running right towards you. To view Roberta Wesley’s wo...
My newest project is of a ribbon butterfly for blood cancer research. I was contacted the other day by a wonderful lady named Jeanne who let me know that she was working with an organization called Team in Training that raises money for cancer research. She contacted me to ask if I would be willing to donate a piece to help raise funds for this cause. I was very honored that I was asked and I am excited that I could do something to help. I went online and looked into this great organization a...
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