Intarsia Rooster Napkin Holder

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Project by Jim posted 11-08-2009 09:52 PM 4850 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I saw Kathy Wise’s Break of Dawn rooster napkin holder in Scrollsaw Fall 2008, issue 32, I knew I had to make this piece.

My wife loves roosters and our kitchen is decorated in roosters and it is a great pattern.

When I finished the piece, with one rooster, my wife loved it. The next day she asked why there is only one rooster.

I went back to the garage and made a second rooster and glued it to the napkin holder. Now everyone at the table can see a rooster.

The first rooster is made with bloodwood, yellowheart, paduak, walnut, and zebra wood.

The second rooster is made with bloodwood, yellowheart, paduak, walnut, purpleheart, and soft maple.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 11-08-2009 10:06 PM

very nice job, the rooster almost looks real.

-- Smitty!!!

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#2 posted 11-08-2009 10:13 PM

Nice work Jim.The wood colors are beautiful too. My wife also has chickens and roosters in the kitchen. I’m not sure what the appeal of chickens is, but I hope she wasn’t attracted to me for that reason!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 12:28 AM

That’s a real eye catcher!! nice work.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 12:36 AM

I really like it. Guess I am going to give that a try one of these day’s.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 12:39 AM

Nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 11-09-2009 01:34 AM

I love seeing intarsia in a functional item. What a treasure it turns the napkin holder into

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 11-09-2009 02:29 AM

Nice Job,
I have a neighbor who collects roosters art in her kitchen. I like how the red in the rooster stands out, is there any added dye to the wood, or is it just the wood that is so red? Very creative.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#8 posted 11-09-2009 02:34 AM


All natural wood. No stains or dyes used, just a clear coat for protection.


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#9 posted 11-09-2009 05:40 AM

That’s a really nice use of Intarsia….

-- Have a blessed day!

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#10 posted 11-09-2009 07:22 AM

Great job, very clean looking.


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#11 posted 11-09-2009 07:42 AM

Beautiful roosters. Your choice of wood made these spectacular!!! Very nice

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

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#12 posted 11-09-2009 07:45 AM

I love intarsia and i think your napkin holder is awsome. My wife did her kitchen in ducks several years ago and now she is into apples. You gave me a idea to make for the kitchen. Thanks a lot for posting.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#13 posted 11-09-2009 05:03 PM

Looks great!

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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