Monticello Intarsia

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This is my rendition of Thomas Jefferson’s home as it may have looked around 1800.
It is done with over 800 pieces from 17 woods.The 20”x 30” frame is made from cherry with bloodwood and holly inlay. 150 hours were spent creating this piece over 2 months

-- Mike

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#1 posted 1938 days ago

How did you get the brick effect on the house? is each individual brick cut separately?

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 1938 days ago

Exquisite detail and design. Very impressive work. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 1938 days ago

Wow , this is magnificent work!
Really well done.
And on You website You have so much more.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 1938 days ago

Outstanding piece and I’m sure all will agree.

I would like to make special note of the fine detail of the railing on the fencing, the divided light windows and, my personal favorite, the individual spokes of the wagon/carriage.


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#5 posted 1937 days ago

Thanks all for the comments
to Interpim
All of the detail carving is done using different bits in the rotary tool.There are over 3000 bricks carved in this way.My technique is to trace pieces from the pattern sheet onto sticky back label paper which is placed onto the wood blank.The piece is them cut on the scroll saw and while the paper pattern is still attached to the wood I do the detail carving thru the paper pattern.It is very time consuming but works nicely.

-- Mike

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#6 posted 1937 days ago

A true master in the art of intarsia…... Very nice work.

And welcome to the LumberJock Site:

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 1937 days ago

Great job. I have always wanted to do some intarsia but it seems I just never get started on one. I just don’t know how to come up with all the different colored woods, etc. But then again if I did intarsia, would I have enough time for turning…................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 1937 days ago

simply – marvellous work

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#9 posted 1937 days ago

Wow! I’ve done some intarsia but nothing to match your craftsmanship on that piece!

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#10 posted 1937 days ago

Very nice piece

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#11 posted 1937 days ago

Oh my gosh. Amazing, absolutely beautiful! Just spectacular.Beautiful intarsia!

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

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#12 posted 1937 days ago

It’s …..all been said by all above!
Great great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 1937 days ago

Wonderful job, this is somethingI have wanted to try for some time, I have a scroll saw now and am redoing the workshop so I will soon be able to try.

-- Gary, Missouri

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#14 posted 1936 days ago

Fantastic piece! You have taken Intarsia to another level. Thank you for sharing.

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#15 posted 1936 days ago

Really nice. If you need another fantastic place, how about George Washington’s house, Mount Vernon?

-- Have a blessed day!

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