Pet memorial - Intarsia of my Fiance's cat Alfred

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Project by gurnie posted 01-28-2011 04:36 AM 2653 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year and a half ago my fiance’s cat Alfred had to be put to sleep. The cat was a very friendly cat, and it was a total bummer. My fiance was pretty depressed over the loss of his cat. Alfie was only 4 years old when we put him down.

So this past Christmas I made a ornament of his cat. I used Myrte wood and walnut for the fur, yellowheart for the eyes. I hand twisted the brass ornament hanger. Fine details were burned in using a wood burner. The ornament is about 5-6” tall.

The photo is of Alfred when he was about three years old. We put a pair of my gloves on his feet. He didn’t seem to mind. He was a very cute, easy going cat. He absolutely loved my fiance and following him all around the house.

When my fiance got the ornament for Christmas, he was very touched.

I feel this fits the criteria of the “joint” assignment as intarsia is all about little shaped pieces being glued together and holding together to make a recognizable object. I’ve enjoyed intarsia because it is an interesting type of sculpture.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 05:38 AM

Love the design, great job.

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 05:59 AM

very nice work and a worthy portrait of a friend , especially the eyes .

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 11:18 AM

Very cool! Looks really good…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 03:13 PM

You did a great job on this Project !!!!! l have a friend that does this type of work his website is check it out l’ve been trying for awhile now to get him to join he has an amazing talent. The runner he did in intarsia is his sister’s boy and the job he did on it looks just like him. Later

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 02:35 AM

Great Job! Very nice wood choices.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 03:29 AM

What a beautiful and lovely tribute to a loyal friend. I love your project and you captured Alfred’s expression wonderfully. The wood choices are also very nice.

I really enjoyed seeing this! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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