Intarsia Rooster Napkin Holder

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Project by Jim posted 1622 days ago 4036 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 1622 days ago

very nice job, the rooster almost looks real.

-- Smitty!!!

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#2 posted 1622 days ago

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 1622 days ago

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 1622 days ago

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 1622 days ago

Nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1622 days ago

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 1622 days ago

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 1622 days ago


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


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#9 posted 1622 days ago

That’s a really nice use of Intarsia….

-- Have a blessed day!

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#10 posted 1622 days ago

Great job, very clean looking.


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#11 posted 1622 days ago

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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Monty Queen

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#12 posted 1622 days ago

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 1622 days ago

Looks great!

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

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