|Project by Allison||posted 05-23-2008 12:17 AM||1805 views||3 times favorited||21 comments|
In this stage of my working with wood journey I have come to the conclusion, (and I am not even kidding) that mathematics is a VERY major part of the working with wood experience. Of course I realize you that make furniture and cabinets and such that it is obvious that math would be a big part(measurements, angles etc.)But not so much in intarsia , or so I thought!
I have had and loved this pattern of the trees for a very long time. It is a inlay pattern. All I was waiting for was the right wood pieces for how I envisioned it.And of course I envisioned it to be intarsia. So simple I thought. I will just “pull up and out the tress and really bring forward the biggest tree so that I can place it outside the frame.” I did not take into account SOOOOO very many things, such as “now I need the background to be longer since I have brought the trees forward” and things of that nature. And quite honestly I am not as stupid as sometimes I can make myself sound. But boy I sure was on this one!!!
I would like to blame it on the excitement of getting my shop all cleaned up (spring cleaning) or that I had finally got a hold of some plain old green poplar that I could use. Or that I actually have a lot more room in my shop because my hubby has finished his basement and moved all of his stuff out of the shop and into his space.
BUT the truth is I needed a whole lot of knowledge, math wise to figure out this inlay pattern to intarsia. And I should have known better. So I am going to have my piece of humble pie and post my trees. A pattern that was suppose to be 14 by 11 but is now a plump 12 by 9 1/2! There’s truth to cutting and cutting and it still is too short! Well sanding and sanding and it is still to short also applies. So have a laugh on me! This is made from Aromatic cedar, Black Walnut, Green Poplar, Lace wood, Blood, Sweat, and Tears Oh and I just remembered, the tree on the bottom right is made out of pomegranate wood from my father’s tree.
-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!