Etsy's Handmade Portraits: Wood Mosaics

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Project by WoodMosaics posted 09-24-2008 05:18 PM 3308 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an article written about me by It’s part of a video series they produce called Handmade Portraits about artisans and crafters from around the world. The video and article were done by Tara who goes by the name of weirdwolf at Etsy. She does some real slick work; I will post some other things she has shot of me and my work. I will also post some of the pictures I have shot of my work, shop and saws along with some video of my Foot Powered table saw; with my videos you will then appreciate the slickness of her videos. Mine will be quite grainy and not as clear. But maybe with practice I can get better with it, so maybe you can put up with the bad as well as the good (Tara’s will be the good, I guarantee that)

Robin and Kathy Tucker of woodmosaics stopped working in town back in 1986. After Robin’s intricate wood-inlayed work was featured in The Best of Missouri Hands catalog and commissioned by Ralston Purina, they were on their way to full time crafting. Influenced by Amish quilt patterns, Robin’s excellent woodworking uses exotic natural woods that range from Satinwood from Sri Lanka to Purpleheart from Central and South America. All of the wood is completely natural, with only a clear finish added to punctuate the beauty of the wood’s innate color.

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(Music credit: Michael Chapman, Nathan Salsburg, J. Seger)

Choosing to live as off the grid as much as possible, Robin built a windmill so the family could hand pump their own water. Kathy made their clothes for years and they slaughter their own meat from the goats and chickens they raise. However, the one amenity they can’t live without is the internet. After a dozen years of craft shows across the country, Robin and Kathy prefer to stay at home, tend to the farm and sell their goods via laptop rather than mall shows. While the juxtaposition of an outhouse and high speed internet would seem strange to most folks, the Tuckers have chosen to make certain sacrifices to keep costs down while in pursuit of a self sustained lifestyle. Living in the middle the country in Spickard, Missouri, the Tuckers keep connected through the latest in social networking via their Myspace and flickr sites, with a solar powered back-up generator in case the electricity goes out.

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Check out Robin’s homemade videos from the farm on Youtube.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#1 posted 09-24-2008 05:57 PM

Welcome to LJs.
Great work and interesting video.
Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 09-24-2008 06:31 PM

it’s very cool work that you do.
I really like it.

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#3 posted 09-24-2008 06:41 PM

Wonderful story and fantastic craftsmanship! Thanks for posting this.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-24-2008 07:07 PM

Great Story – Loved the video!!

-- Doc Hanson

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#5 posted 09-24-2008 07:56 PM

That is an awesome story, I commend you for following your heart and doing what you wanted to do….BRAVO

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 09-25-2008 02:36 AM

Your wood working is equisite in detail. You are a trure craftsman of your trade. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 09-25-2008 03:12 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. I saw this video yesterday and the only word I can come up with is “Wow” Look forward to seeing some of your videos here as some of your other works.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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