Does any LJ understand the method of construction or demonstrate how this Inlay strip is manufactured ?
Joe Lyddon and I have been discussing it and I must admit I was curious about it on the purchase day.
Here is one of the replies Joe and I have been conversing about
I had another look at the inlay veneer strip in an attempt to determine how it was made.
I have a small hand held microscope I used to use for stamps, so using that I found the following Observations:
Obs 1: It is definately all composite material and not photo dye image.
Obs 2: The four outer edges on each side which are black and natural the grain runs length wise.
Obs 3: The alternating same Black and natural boxes next in are individual pieces with the grain now at 90 deg to the strip.
Obs 4: There is then two natural timber very thin strings ls running along the length and the grain as is in Obs 2.
Obs 5: The larger natural colour square blocks are individual and the grain runs along the length of the strip, bounded by the black at a grain orientation of 90 deg difference.
Obs 6: the Aztek or alternating up and across and down again is a composite of black, natural, brown, natural again and edged in black again all layered in six sections cut at 45 deg and the grain follows the pattern in relation to its aspect, Up Across Down.
1. The section in Obs 2 are two veneer sheets one is 100% dyed black, )this is evident by examining the end grain for penetration), and the other is natural timber both glued together face to face.
The sections in Obs 3 are the same composition only positioned at 90 deg to the first section.
The sectons in Obs 6 are composed of the black section, the strip of very thin section an new introduced brown section, the thin section again borderd by the black again.
This is cut at 45 deg and then alternating in position along the length of the veneer strip.
2. From this I can determine how the strip is composed but as to how it is cut handled and assembled is beyond me, I searched on the net and found similar bigger examples, ( and having made some myself) understand the method but not the physicsal mechanics of the assembly of something this size particuarly the handling of parts so small.
All very interesting !!
-- Regards Robert