Eagle Intarsia

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Project by Jim posted 06-18-2011 04:32 AM 5654 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is an instarsia piece called “A Furious Lady!” The pattern is by Annja Starett and is featured in the March 2010 Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine.

The pieces were cut on a scroll saw. The woods are: aspen, balsa, western red cedar, sycamore, lacewood, ebony, yellow heart, wenge, mahogany, and beech. The pieces were shaped with a rotary sander and then sanded smooth. Two coats of clear wipe-on gel was used, no stains!

There are 60 pieces all together and they were glued together with Gorilla Wood Glue. The piece was then glued to a 1/8” backer board for stability and strength.

The video above is a time lapse video I made while gluing the pieces together.


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#1 posted 06-18-2011 05:19 AM

Very good! I tried my hand at intarsia and did OK. My cuts were very good but I lacked the shaping skills. From my post on a Scroll Saw forum, I got compliments on my project and constructive criticism on my shaping or lack of. You sir did a marvelous job. Hat off to you!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#2 posted 06-18-2011 07:18 AM

Cool! I have no knowledge about intarsia, but gosh it sure looks like fun. Thanks for sharing…...

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#3 posted 06-18-2011 10:14 AM

Excellent! The heights, tapering, and contouring work you did is spectacular.
This is a true beauty : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#4 posted 06-18-2011 11:13 AM

I love this style of woodworking and look fwd to learning it when & if I get all the other projects done Blondie has requested. LOL Great work and very Nice!

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

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#5 posted 06-18-2011 01:25 PM

60 pieces! Impressive work. Love the use of grain patterns and stains on the beak/mouth.

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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#6 posted 06-19-2011 06:38 PM

Just reviewed your body of work. My personal favorites are the cat and the nuthatch. You demonstrate patience and precision and my guess is it feels good to do this? The eagle is the most powerful of the works. Ever find any bulls or texas longhorns that have as much power? I’m wanting to do a piece which will be a sign for my rehabed barn/now a shop.
Great job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 01:48 AM

Nice work on the eagle Jim. I’m also partial towards your Napkin Holders too. You got skills.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 06-21-2011 01:40 PM

I like the time-lapse video. I used to do professional video work. Maybe I should dig the equipment out! I just picked out my first intarsia pattern to try, and I’d been really stumped on how to line up the pieces to glue them up. Thanks for the video, now I’ve got it! Print another copy of the pattern and put that underneath! Brilliant. I can’t believe I didn’t get there myself. I’m going to blame that on pain med brain lapses :/

Anyhow, thanks for the video. You’ve given me much more confidence to try out this duck pattern I found in a scroll saw book at the local thrift shop! Time to hit the shop…or wait until that darned 8am hour when I can start…grrr.

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#9 posted 06-21-2011 03:43 PM

Really nice, I’m becoming more and more tempted to try my hand at intarsia. I think I’d either really enjoy it or become horribly frustrated LOL!

-- John

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#10 posted 06-21-2011 11:54 PM

that is totally kool! I’m sort of an Eagle-holic. The American Bald Eagle is one of the most beautiful birds in my opinion. Did you happen to see any of the “Live Eagle Cam” out there in Iowa. I’ve watched them since April. There were 3 eggs that are now pretty good size. It is amazing.
Here is the link, but, they have grown so much. Was so kool to actually watch as the Male and Female took turns feeding and caring for them the past few months.
Thnx for the info on where the pattern came from.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 06-22-2011 05:24 PM

Really a beauty! I think the 101st Screaming Eagles at Fort Campbell KY would love to have this piece of art!

-- Michael R. Gottschall, Nebraska

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#12 posted 07-05-2014 07:27 PM

Very impressive. I’ve tried to find a pattern for that eagle but have not been able to. I even tried the back issues of the magazine. Do you know where it may be purchases?

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#13 posted 07-06-2014 05:03 PM

You did a fine job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 07-06-2014 07:44 PM


It is the March 2010 issue. You can order the back issue at:


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