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#52 Other forms of wood working: Intarsia- Elvis, roses, nativity and more.

Someone asked me what “Intarsia” was after I used it in a past post.   It is a style of wood working.  Wikipedia says, “Intarsia is a form of wood inlaying that is similar to marquetry.”

Intarsia, Wikipedia, Wolf

Intarsia nativity 2

intarsia rose

Of course you might ask what marquetry is.  Wikipedia says here, “Marquetry (also spelled as marqueterie) is the art and craft of covering a structural carcass with pieces of veneer  forming decorative patterns, designs or pictures”

Marquetry picture

Marquetry furniture

Elivs in intarsia

“Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses varied shapes, sizes, and species of wood fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an illusion of depth. Intarsia is created through the selection of different types of wood, using their natural grain pattern and color (but can involve the use of stains and dyes) to create variations in the pattern. After selecting the specific woods to be used within the pattern, each piece is then individually cut, shaped, and finished. Sometimes areas of the pattern are raised to create more depth. Once the individual pieces are complete, they are fitted together like a jig-saw puzzle and glued to wood backing which is sometimes cut to the outline shape of the image.” Wikipedia

Intarsia, amish children

Intarsia nativity 1

Intarsia, orca pattern

The pattern above is the beginning of an intarsia piece. The artist lays out colors and wood choices.  The pattern is copied onto paper which is pasted on to the selected wood and cut out.  Each piece is then fitted into the primary pattern just like a jigsaw puzzle as you can see in the next picture.

Intarsia, process 1

I like how intarsia highlights the beauty of wood’s color and grain.  The craftsmanship in shaping, choosing and assembling the pieces is truly great.  I love the look and texture of a well done intarsia piece.

Intarsia, lute – an amazing piece

However, I have not tried it myself.  Perhaps after I master wood carving, wood turning, wood finishing, playing the harmonica, learning Chinese and a few other hobbies I have laying around.  But, perhaps intarsia is your hobby!  Let me know if you do pick it up.  I would like to see your work too.

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!”  Proverbs 16:16


#26 The Wood Working Shows

December 10, 11, 12

Renaissance Schaumburg
Hotel & Convention Center

Exploration & Discovery Halls
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL  60173

This is just a heads-up on something happening in my neck of the woods.  It is The Wood Working Shows coming to Chicago.  Maybe you would want to check it out.

I am making plans to attend this show.   The show is filled with new tools, gadgets and ideas.  Also,there are wood sales going on that are worth a look.  One part of the event I plan to enjoy are the on-going demonstrations.


Two that most interest me are the wood turning and the inlay sessions.  The wood turning goes on all day.  I have been amazed at the beauty of a sharp tool, sound wood, powerful machine and a good idea all combining to create a turned piece right before my eyes.

The inlay sessions are on a schedule, so if you want to see them go to the home page, click on “Education” and find the “Inlay” panel.  There you will find the schedule.  Hope you have a chance to

find your way to the show.

Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.  Proverbs 18:12