Custom Intarsia Cat "Stretch"

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Project by Janette posted 311 days ago 955 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is “Stretch”, a custom kitty I made for a customer as a memorial for a beloved kitty she lost recently. Many of the custom animals I create are “in remembrance” of a furry loved one lost. While it is a wonderful way to memorialize their pet, there is an emotional factor to creating them custom ones as well. The pressure to capture their personality and character is all the more important. I spent several months just trying to find and decide on exactly what woods I would choose for this design. Once the pattern was drawn and wood found, I was able to begin cutting the pieces. I used figured redwood, several shades of pine (believe it or not!), aspen, pink dogwood (ears), green poplar & ebony (eyes). The tractor seat is Peruvian walnut. My customer presented it to her husband for their wedding anniversary.

-- Janette, Intarsia Artist & Contributing Editor Creative Woodworks & Crafts Magazine

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#1 posted 311 days ago

Wow, at first it seemed a photo af a cat

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 311 days ago

Amaizing 3D effect. True art!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 311 days ago

Kudos to you Janette for taking on these emotional projects. Being animals lovers ourselves, 5 cats and 2 dogs, we understand the sense of loss when one of our four legged friends passes on. You have done a wonderful job capturing the essence of Stretch with your Intarsia.

-- 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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#4 posted 311 days ago

Great memorial and outstanding intarsia!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 311 days ago

They can be emotional to create – but definitely worthwhile when the owner’s receive them!

-- Janette, Intarsia Artist & Contributing Editor Creative Woodworks & Crafts Magazine

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#6 posted 311 days ago

Great design and workwomanship (is that a word?)

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 310 days ago

Wow that is amazing…You did an awesome job…nicely done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 310 days ago

Wow, Marvellous intarsia.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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