Intarsia/Carving Monkey Wall Hanging for Madison.

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Project by KoryK posted 11-25-2011 06:15 AM 5667 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a new one that I just finished for my two year old granddaughter for Christmas. She really likes monkeys so I went searching for a pattern for one with no success to find one I liked. I finally found a very basic clip art picture and went to work making a pattern so it is pretty much original.

As usual, I ended up making a fairly simple pattern much more difficult than first thought. I really went for depth on this one and ended up carving the shapes as much as sanding and cutting. It ranges from 2 ½ inches on the hands and feet down to ½ inch at the neck and above the stomach. I used all 1 ½ inch thick wood to start and glued pieces together as needed to give more depth and carved down pieces for less. The feet and hands were a real challenge to get right because of the depth and detail. I had to reinforce the neck with metal to give it strength because I knew it was a very small area that the whole body’s weight would hang on.

It was made out of walnut, wenge, aspen, cherry, teak, ebony, and curly maple and is finished in a clear satin finish. Sanded down to 2400 grit. It is 24” x 14” and at the highest point 2 1/2” deep. It took about 50 hours to make the pattern and the piece.

No rest for the weary, now I start on a fairy for my other granddaughter who is five.

Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 11-25-2011 06:29 AM


Thanks for posting your works. I just love the detail that you put into them. 50 hours is a lot of work but I am betting the granddaughter is worth every hour.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 11-25-2011 07:33 AM

Exquisite piece. Some day I’m going to have to try intarsia, I need to get a scroll saw first. She’ll love it!

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#3 posted 11-25-2011 08:08 AM

That is really great!!! congratulations!!

Teach a man to fish and he will buy a boat.

-- TNJames

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#4 posted 11-25-2011 09:11 AM

That is really great!!!

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#5 posted 11-25-2011 10:23 AM

love it!

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#6 posted 11-25-2011 12:00 PM

I am always excited when I see that you posted a new project. Every single one of them is simply enchanting! The depth and detail you apply is amazing and even the finish is top-notch! Great job on this one. It certainly brings a smile to my face. She is going to LOVE it! :)


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

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#7 posted 11-25-2011 12:19 PM

I gotta learn how to do that, that is fantastic, very nice job!! I agree with Sheila and think your granddaughter is going to love that.!!!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#8 posted 11-25-2011 12:48 PM

Beautiful work. I don’t think that I would ever be able to do that kinda work.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 11-25-2011 05:25 PM

That is one cool Monkey! Great Job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 11-25-2011 06:17 PM

way cool it looks really 3d in the pictures. great job

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#12 posted 11-25-2011 10:06 PM

Very nice! It’s even more impressive knowing that you worked out your own pattern.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 11-25-2011 10:19 PM

Nice!!!!! There is a lot of detail in this that makes it stand out!! This will look great in Madison’s room :)

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#14 posted 11-26-2011 01:02 AM

Kory, This looks simple but I know it is not! You created a masterpiece with this one, very well done.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 11-26-2011 05:00 AM

Im just curious… do you use a sanding mop on your work? I have not quite yet found the need for one but I only sand my intarsia down to about 220 (some exceptions). I just prefer more of a matte finish on my work since I do mainly organic stuff.

One thing I would love your opinion on… In our home we have vaulted ceilings and there is this ‘column’ that is about 6ft wide and goes up about 8ft abouve the sofa. This column seperates the living and kitchen areas. On the living side I wanted to do an oak tree intarsia… (wife wants a giraffe). However, I overide the wife on this one and would appreciate your thoughts on doing an oak tree.

My main hangup is the trunk, it nees to be in proportion, and fluid in its grain or I do not think it would look right. Thoughts? Shoot me a PM if ou prefer.

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