The Lord's Supper Intarsia Project

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How the Lord’s Supper was Made.

I was asked by Patricia Belden if I could construct an intarsia piece for the Windham Bible Church.
Intarsia is a woodworking process that is essentially painting with wood. The process involves starting with a pattern that looks similar to a picture out of a coloring book. That pattern is then transferred onto different types of wood and assembled into the piece that you see here.

This particular piece measures 39” by 22” and is made up of approximately 500 individually cut pieces from over 20 different types of wood.

This piece was created in the basement workshop of John and Debbie Belden, the son and daughter-in-law of Patricia. It took approximately 200 hours to cut, sand and assemble the piece.

There are no stains that are used in the process. All of the colors of the wood are natural. Woods used in the

Lord’s Supper include:
Yellow Heart, Maple , Sandywood , Jubillo, Rosewood,
Paudak, Red Heart, Chakte Viga , Zebra Wood, Cedar,
Marblewood, Purple Heart, Canary Wood, Cocobolo, Bocote,
Walnut, Cherry, Kauri, Mahogany, Holly,
Curly Maple, Bloodwood, Buckeye Burl, Lacewood, Quilted Bubinga,

The piece was finished by Darrel D. Kestner of New Albany, Ohio. To protect the piece from the natural effects (color change) of UV light, Darrel applied stabilizing agents that were both glue and shellac based. He then finished the piece by applying 4 coats of a hot stabilized lacquer. That provides a dry clear coat of 2 mils per coat and a full coating thickness of about 8 mils which is just about perfect for offering humidity stability while still offering full surface protection.

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#1 posted 04-26-2015 04:42 PM


-- "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it" Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 04-26-2015 07:31 PM

What a beautiful piece of art…thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 04-26-2015 07:34 PM

That’s a real nice piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 04-26-2015 07:38 PM

Wow incredible work Belden!

The details are amazing.

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#5 posted 04-27-2015 01:02 AM

beautiful work!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 04-27-2015 11:55 AM

very nice

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#7 posted 04-27-2015 12:22 PM

Absolutely Beautiful, Inspirational, remarkable work,TY for sharing

-- Pete in NC

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#8 posted 04-27-2015 12:25 PM

- What Pete said -

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#9 posted 04-27-2015 12:55 PM

This is a great piece and very skillfully executed.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#10 posted 04-27-2015 02:56 PM

That is beautifull, the top coating for protection is great. What ws done to the back side to prevent mositure from intering from the back side?

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#11 posted 04-27-2015 03:32 PM

Wow! Wow! Wow! That is amazing detail and work. Thank you for sharing this. This made my day

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#12 posted 04-28-2015 08:49 AM

Amaizing, incredible details and colours. I couldn’t draw better.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 04-29-2015 08:29 PM

Awesome piece of art! I just finished a bible scene myself and know the dedication and patience it takes to pull off results like you did on this gem.

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

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#14 posted 08-26-2015 11:53 PM

I think any church would be proud to own and display such a fine piece of craftmanship! It is beautiful!

-- JCRug, Prairieville, Louisiana

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