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Project by becikeja posted 04-21-2012 11:51 AM 1297 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Every winter I try to do a project that is beyond my skill level. Something new that I’ve never tried in woodworking. Unfortunately I have high dreams, so I usually get in way over my head. This years project idea came from this web site: http://www.funktionalart.net/
I saw it, and had to figure out how to do it. So a little reverse engineering and here it is.

Not sure what you call it. I don’t think it’s marquetry because I used 1/4” wood. It’s not intarsia because it’s flat? If anyone out there knows what type of project I should call it please let me know.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense





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Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 12:07 PM

Call it lovely, for it is.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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Jim Sellers

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 12:54 PM

Looks great to me. Would have liked to see more pics and info. Beautiful colors and grain patterns. Types of wood? Any stains Just call it a work of art.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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dee2

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 01:15 PM

Very nice piece. I think it would be considered intarsia. The wood thickness doesn’t matter. I don’t think all intarsia is 3d. I could be wrong, but I bet if you researched the history of intarsia, it was not always dimensional.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#4 posted 04-21-2012 01:18 PM

Looks fantastic. I’m a proponent of jumping in over my head. Makes for more fun. I think intarsia is the correct term for this piece. It doesn’t have to be flat, but as I understand it, it has to be composed of separate pieces of wood or other materials cut out and fitted together to make a picture. Your wonderful piece seems to be just that.

I especially love the wood you used for the Swordfish, it looks perfect the way you used it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 01:37 PM

That is fine piece of work. I`d call it a new skill well learned.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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SteviePete

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 02:05 PM

*MARLIN DINNER Non-bevel cut, thick veneer, hand-sawn marquetry, 16”X 10”x1.642” 12 species of tropical woods, set in mahogony tray, shellac/wax finish. Original at auction July 11,2012 Contact: Southeby’s, Booth Bay, Maine Auctioneer’s Estimate $1450 Reserve Plus auction fee 20%, tax, title, insurance, handling and freight TBD. “

Take that!! Great Project. s

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#7 posted 04-21-2012 02:40 PM

This intarsia looks outstanding.Real piece of art.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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shipwright

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#8 posted 04-21-2012 03:59 PM

Potayto – potahto – It is very nice work. Me, I would call it marquetry but then that’s my thing. Sawn marquetry veneer is available up to 1/16” thick so this isn’t too far off.

What you call it could start a real debate as these terms come from different languages and have vagaries of meaning at best. Marquetry (or marqueterie) is the French word for what the Italians, for a few hundred years, have been calling tarsia. The early marqueteurs there were known as “intarsiatori”.

Call it what you like, it’s a lovely and lively piece of art that you should be very proud of as a first attempt.

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” ....Robert Browning

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 04-21-2012 10:23 PM

Very Beautiful. You did a excellent job on this.

In today’s times it would be called Marquetry because it is smooth or flat. I have made marquetry 1/8” think before for durability.

Intarsia has highs and lows raised above the lowest plain.

Call it what you want to, it doesn’t really matter. But it is very beautiful with top notch craftsmanship. Thank you for sharing.

-- Dennis Zongker

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John Ormsby

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#10 posted 04-21-2012 11:02 PM

Absolutely Outstanding. The colors and and scene are great.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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eddie

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#11 posted 04-22-2012 02:17 AM

i dont know what its called but beautiful,your skill leavel looks to be very high dont ever stop raising the bar for yourself look where you are now.dennis may be right he’s a master too go look at his chess table on his home page only one could do that.to be complemented is great but by some of these master you should really feel good.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Bearpie

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#12 posted 06-09-2012 09:08 PM

Wow, I don’t know how I missed this piece when you first posted it! I’d call it an amazing piece of work/art.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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