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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.