Intarsia Hummingbird

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Project by TripleB posted 08-31-2012 09:04 PM 5794 views 9 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this Hummingbird.

Used nine different woods, Wenge, Maple, Blood wood, Walnut, Aspen,Poplar, Purple Heart, Bubinga and Red Cedar.
It’s finished with five coats of Deft Semi Gloss Lacquer and I inlayed a penny on the back for dating the year made.

The pattern is by Judy Gale Roberts

All comments are welcomed!

Thanks for looking.

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Update…..Whoops, It is actually 11 woods, I simply missed the Lacewood (Leopard wood) and the backer is kinda a funny story. I was in HD one day checking out the cutoff bin and came a cross a piece of 1/4” oak ply that was in it. I had no use for it at the time but for .50 cents I couldn’t pass it up. I was using that piece just to move the bird from place to place, the back side of the oak ply was not oak, not sure what it is, but I set the bird on it to take it for another coat of finish and it just looked really good on it. So the backer is the bad side of a piece of 50 cent oak ply from HD.

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 09:07 PM

This came out so wonderful! Thank you so much for taking the time to show us all your step by step process. Just lovely! :)


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#2 posted 08-31-2012 09:30 PM

Very very nice!

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 09:37 PM

Stunning to say the least! Showed this to my wife and she said “Oh Wow!!! I love it!”

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 10:15 PM

Impressive, you managed to get the orientation of the grain in the body exactly as the feathers of the real bird. It’s really wonderful :)

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 10:28 PM

Incredible work. Thanks for posting.

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 10:30 PM

Very nice. I like the contrasting colors and I like the fact that you did not use any stain, just a clear. Well done.

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#7 posted 08-31-2012 11:05 PM

Fantastic piece of work…You most certainly managed to put the woods together creatively.

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#8 posted 08-31-2012 11:09 PM

Simply beautiful.

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#9 posted 08-31-2012 11:14 PM

Splended display of workmanship. Well done.


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#10 posted 08-31-2012 11:45 PM

Very nice!

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#11 posted 09-01-2012 12:35 AM

Could you perhaps do a marked pic of which part is which wood? Fantastic piece of work.

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#12 posted 09-01-2012 12:52 AM

...oh my. That is seriously amazing workmanship.

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#13 posted 09-01-2012 01:11 AM

I am always impressed with intarsia. Nicely done!

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#14 posted 09-01-2012 01:38 AM

You guys have me Blushing!....Thanks for the wonderful comments!

I wanted to try to reply to Belg1960’s post with a more accurate description of what wood’s were used where, so here it goes.

Frame: The frame is just Walnut.

The backer: See the above update.

The Bird: The main body,wings and head are made out of Lace wood or leopard wood. Under the neck and part of the tail is Blood wood. The white parts are Aspen. The Beak, feet and Eyes are Wenge.

The Lilly: White leaves are White Poplar and Maple, The red leaves are Red Cedar, The stem and pod stem is Bubinga, the pods themselves are Purple Heart with a little wood burning detail.

Lower Leaves: Are all from a green stripe in a piece of Poplar I had.

Hope that helps.


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#15 posted 09-01-2012 03:03 AM

Wow, very nice! I don’t usually like intarsia but this is fantastic.

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