Intarsia Heron's

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Project by Allison posted 2077 days ago 3603 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last month I made my second intarsia Heron for a girlfriend of mine in Southern Ca. She absolutely loves the bird (Heron). Awhile back I made my first one out of a piece of pine destined for our wood stove. When I saw the colors in this wood I thought this would be perfect for a “Blue Heron” I did not have a pattern but I had tons of pictures of patterns and pictures of just the bird itself, and I decided to try my hand at drawing my own. (Like the mermaid I have posted here) Because quite honestly I can not even draw a stick man and I am not kidding! Anyway I made the “Blue one” awhile back and I could have sworn I had posted it here. My girlfriend saw that one and asked me if I would make her one. Last month I did just that for her b’day on the 30th of Nov . Except this time I made it out of mostly hardwoods I had laying around. There is Walnut, Black Walnut, Maple, Red Maple, Oak some poplar along with Cedar and Redwood. Of course it would not be my work without a few pieces of “mystery wood” in it. I was running out of time trying to get it to her before the 30th of November, and when I sent it I could NOT believe I had not got a picture of it to post here. 2 days after I mailed it, I had found a ride from a very dear friend of mine that just so happened to be going just a few miles from where my girlfriend, along with 3 of my son’s and my father lives. So I just got back from there where I had an awesome mini reunion with my family, I was there for my grandsons 2nd birthday party along with my sons 25th birthday. Sooo when I went to my friends house I was able to take a picture of the new Heron then so that I could post it here.
I also want to add that as soon as I took these pictures I realized the backer board was hanging out of the edges of his face and beak and it was corrected right on the spot. LOL!!! So much for rushing.
The one in the plant is still in the plant in my home, the other two pictures are of the one I made my girlfriend.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 2077 days ago

Does anyone who looks at this see the faces. I can only see the bodies, the heads are cut off , and my little brown box does not work, (What else is new) I am just wondering if you can see the whole project,
Thanks and

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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John Gray

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#2 posted 2077 days ago

I can see the whole beautiful bird, thanks for the post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 2077 days ago

These look great! Thanks for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 2077 days ago

It all looks very nice to me Allison, terrific job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 2077 days ago

I can see the whole bird too….you do such beautiful work. Always excited to see your new posts.

-- robbi-Yadahooty!

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#6 posted 2076 days ago

Very nice work Allison, I just love intarsia…. I really must give it a try someday..

Your pictures look just fine to me. Heads are cut off in the thumbnail, but that’s all, once opened they look great.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 2076 days ago

Beautiful intarsia Allison really nice.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 2076 days ago

Enchanting presentation of the bird. How is the colouring done? The happy family gathering was the outcome of this post!

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 2076 days ago

for someone who claims not to be able to draw, it looks like you did a pretty respectable job of it. Very nice, Allison.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 2076 days ago

Very very beautiful intarsia work.
Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 2076 days ago

These are beautiful, Allison.

The story proves you are a real woodworker. You went all the way to So. Cal. to get a photo of your work, and while you were there you just happened to get together with your family. I’m glad you have those priorities straight. LOL!

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

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#12 posted 2076 days ago

Great Job, Allison

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 2076 days ago

Very nice job Allison.I love them.My computer must have the same settings as yours because the heads are cut off on mine but all I have to do is click on the picture to see it properly

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#14 posted 2076 days ago

Absolutely Gorgeous!!

These birds are quite common here. There is a nesting area just a mile away.

You have captured their beauty perfectly, Allison!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 2076 days ago

You were gone ? You do beautiful work as usual. It looks to me like you can throw all your patterns away. You are truly an Artist with a capital “A”. All of your photos are full size for me also.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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