|Project by justoneofme||posted 03-20-2012 05:21 AM||2621 views||9 times favorited||19 comments|
A Big … Long Overdue Hello to all my Lumberjock buddies!! I know it’s been ages since posting a finished project but unfortunately I had temporarily lost pertinent photos and just recently ‘found’ them again. Remember … I’m not too savvy about cyberspace technology, and thanks to my 92 year old Dad!!! he found them for me.
This commissioned Intarsia ”Cabin Retreat” was completed last summer, and was quite a challenge. At times I felt I could have actually built the cabin more quickly than it was taking me to render it artistically!
Everybody has their own unique style when it comes to artwork in general. Woodworking is no different. When I create Intarsia pieces, I prefer to use only cedar for the entire design. This soft wood makes it easy to shape the individual pieces, or carve if necessary. But most importantly, my style is to apply paint, so it would be a waste to use multiple types of exotic solid stock wood. When I work in Marquetry, I have a wide variety of plain to exotic veneers for use as my pallet. However, I enjoy painting as well … and with Intarsia, this is the only ‘artistic painting’ (to date) that I do … my canvass being wood!
A few other commissioned Intasia pieces completed over these past years have been included in this ‘Add New Project’ segment. I’m a lover of Loons, and we happen to have a few of these beautiful creatures showing off their magnificence on Okanagan Lake, where we holiday during the summer months. Some day I hope to work upon my own Intarsia Loon wall hanging … but clients do come first!
Lumberjock buddy and friend, Paul Miller, just posted the most beautifully finished ash urn for his mother. My own Mom passed away 2 1/2 years ago, but long before then a request had been placed for two Marquetry ash urns. I was flattered that my parents would want these, but of course kept putting off what I thought wouldn’t be needed for many … many years down the road. It’s cathartic in a way that I hope Paul also has found … creating by hand through the act of love, that very last gift. These urns for my parents are extremely plain in comparison!, but no less the love poured into their making. Since Mom’s departure, her ash urn sits upon the highest shelf of Dad’s computer desk where he constantly fills his days! The other urn waits patiently, tucked away until a time when they both will be buried. Together again … forever.
In case you’re interested in my latest Intarsia project … an Intarsia Wedding Mirror Frame ... I’ve started a blog. Blogging is entirely new to me! But it’s definitely an interesting and informative way to keep track of the many stages involved throughout the creation of design to its completion. The work is slow … painfully slow!! … to the point of having to wait weeks before I’m able to blog again with an update. But there’s one thing for sure … we Lumberjocks are a patient lot, eh?!!
-- Elaine in Duncan