Indian Intarsia

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Project by Allison posted 06-23-2008 07:13 PM 5800 views 7 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I got him done. There was something about the original pattern that bugged me, and that was the shoulders or “clothes” as I not so lovingly have been calling it at home!!! I just decided to post this finished because the blog I was making abut him just never seemed to come out right, and all you nice folks at L.J.’s would see how many times I change my mind in the middle of a pattern. LOL!!! The only way I could keep him “naked” was to place him on something like I did. But ya know I did have something happen to me and I was wondering if it has happened to others, and that is a acquaintance of mine saw just the head done and wanted to buy him for his father for fathers day. We came up with a price and I was told to hold it for him and do nothing more to him. Of course I agreed and then the joke was on me. I saw this acquaintance 3 days AFTER fathers day and he said OOPS! I bought my Father something else. Yes I know I should have got a deposit, but the bad thing was trying to get back in the “mode” to finish him the way I wanted too. He is made out of Black Walnut, Cedar,The tips of his feathers is “mystery wood” . Birch plywood and regular plywood for the backer board. (He is Heavy) Lace wood. And Jute wrapped around a Macrame ring. I painted the background black. I HATE using paint on my projects but it worked on this one for me. The Tee- Pees were stack cut using redwood and the yellow is a lemon tree from dear ol’ dad’s backyard. Also from his backyard is this bottom piece. It came from an Apricot tree he also had and I write about often. It is just soooo pretty.The not so round circle comes from the wood I asked you all about in the forums.I believe his face is maple, and the mountain is Walnut.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 06-23-2008 07:41 PM

No one would ever know about all those “inner conflicts” that went into making this. It looks fantastic, just like you had planned it exactly this way all along.

I’d be less than happy with that acquaintance if I was you.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-23-2008 07:48 PM

This is so cool, I had to check out some more of your projects. You do some great work.

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#3 posted 06-23-2008 08:53 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Allison.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 06-23-2008 09:44 PM

stunning. Love those trees. They really add something special to the entire piece.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 06-23-2008 09:59 PM

Fantastic Looking Project!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 06-23-2008 10:42 PM

Very nice Allison!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 06-24-2008 12:22 AM

AMAZING! i saw you talk about this project a while ago and it came out amazing! this one is going to find its way into my favorites! thanks for the post

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#8 posted 06-24-2008 01:25 AM

Nice work Allison. I like yours better than the original design..

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 06-24-2008 02:26 AM

That is really cool looking! Great job. I dont know much about this..did you cut it by hand or with a scroll saw?


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#10 posted 06-24-2008 02:33 AM

WOW! That is a gorgeous intarsia piece. Museum quality, I hope you’re happy with it, because you really did a super job on it. That really is a beautiful job. You should be very proud. I’d be glad I did’nt sell it. A majestic tribute to our Native American brothers.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 06-24-2008 03:24 AM

Wow. Intarsia really intrigues me, but I wouldn’t have the patience for it. I’m really impressed with those who can do it. You do it very well. This turned out beautifully.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#12 posted 06-24-2008 05:26 AM

Very nice piece. You did a beautiful job on this. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 06-24-2008 08:36 PM

Very nice job Allison! I can see that one took some time. Like the layering with the trees & clouds, along with the true intarsia pieces too. Gives the work even more depth! Having better luck with gluing?

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#14 posted 06-24-2008 11:11 PM

Vary nice Allison! It looks like a lot of work.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#15 posted 06-24-2008 11:52 PM

Nice one Allison. I hope the smoke in Chico isn’t coming from his peace pipe LOL.

(The sky is brown again today)

-- Scott - Chico California

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