Rainy Day Contemplation (Intarsia Wall Hanging)

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Project by KoryK posted 512 days ago 4710 views 17 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my newest project and this is the closest I came to giving up and throwing a project away. It was VERY frustrating with 425 pieces and a lot of them being very small. The women was fairly easy compared to the leaves and twigs for the background. Plus each leave is cut separately and look almost alike. I did try a few new things on this one. The first is the wall around the window was made with pine, but I wanted to make it looked aged, so I used a blowtorch to lightly burn the surface of the wood. The second is hard to see but I wanted to make it look like it had just started to rain, so I used clear epoxy and made rain drops (best seen in the last picture). Hope it turned out ok.

It was made with oak, pine, cortez, walnut, ash, curly maple, mahogany, ebony, coca bola, purple heart, blood wood, yellow heart, cherry and no stains were used. It was finished in satin and is 23”x18”.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 512 days ago

Your new ideas worked well, aging the wood via blowtorch and the epoxy tear drops. Your adventure into the human form and faces is a nice departure from most Intarsia projects posted on LJs. Nice work Kory I am glad you stuck with this endeavor.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Charles Maxwell

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#2 posted 512 days ago

Nice leaves!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 512 days ago

That is amazing, very well done.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#4 posted 512 days ago

Another impressive creation! I am glad you did not quit.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 512 days ago

Stunning, as usual. Very good idea using rain drops, I like the effect.
As far as the leaves being maddening….after a project like that, I started numbering the photocopy so that I could put a number on the bottom of each piece. I tape the paper pattern pieces to the wood. Then as soon as they are cut, I can transfer the number to the bottom of the piece. Of course, you need to make a second photocopy to use as reference as you assemble. Takes a bit more time but it makes it easier when there as so many pieces that look alike.

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

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#6 posted 512 days ago

Looks very real and lifelike Kory. I like the window technique but the rain just doesn’t work for me. Maybe I’d like it better in person. I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting lately too and it can be frustrating ….. but that’s how we learn and get better. Thanks for showing us even when you don’t feel it’s your best. The experimentation will make future pieces better … that’s a given.

Overall, I do like it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#7 posted 512 days ago

Just got in and saw you had another post. When I hit the page my first response was “Damn, he’s REALLY GOOD! Another WOW piece. Your are a patient craftsman and artist.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 512 days ago

All the work you put into this was well worth your effort. Your piece has so much to offer to the eye and mind.
I also like the window effect. Excellent work!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 512 days ago

I am so glad you stuck with it. This is one of my all-time favorite Intarsia pieces. It’s an instant heirloom. Wonderful job by a great craftsman!!!

-- Verne, Iowa,

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#10 posted 512 days ago

Kory your work is beautiful and amazing.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 512 days ago

Don’t ever throw anything away – give it to me!
This is wonderful – as usual. My favorite is still the fighter plane, but that’s just me being a guy.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#12 posted 512 days ago

Very creative thank you for sharing this project.

-- Todd

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#13 posted 512 days ago

Okay, this goes in my favorites, what do I say to this Kory? Awesome, I’m speechless, love it!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 512 days ago

very nice!!!

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#15 posted 512 days ago

As everyone has already said, a very nice job, an eye catcher for sure.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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