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    My very first try at intarsia. Just noticed I left a fin off... and forgot a blow hole... but what they heck... at least it doesn't blow I guess.

    Had a change to meet Janette's and see some of her fine craftmanship first hand at Yachats Oregon this weekend... and boy was it impressive! The detail was amazing. Definitely intrigued by intarsia even though I have only been scrolling a few weeks. Not sure what I want to focus on yet by intarsia is definitely on the list.

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  • #2
    Nice try for your first. Keep it up.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC


    • #3
      You did a great job. I would never know that was your first try.


      • #4
        Very nicely done. Welcome to the dark side!



        • #5
          First try looks great!
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          • #6
            Hi Brad
            Welcome to the wonderful world of intarsia (and scrolling). Great job on the whale.
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            • #7
              Brad -- Nice whale!! Your shaping is great for your first intarsia. Keep it up!
              Mtnman Jim

              taking life as it comes and trying to make the best of it


              • #8
                Great 1st effort. Keep at it. Looks like you're a natural.

                The good woodworker does not craft the wood for honor. He uses his craft to honor the wood.


                • #9
                  Hi Brad - looks like our intarsia diva has reeled another one over to 'the dark side'.

                  Welcome to the club with a great first attempt. As to the missing bits. You'll soon learn that if you don't tell folks who are not familiar with intarsia about these slight errors they will never know you made a mistake.

                  Hope to see more of your work in the future and if you need any help or advice drop a post in this section.

                  Jim in Mexico

                  Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
                  - Albert Einstein


                  • #10
                    Very nice! Keep up the good work!
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                    • #11
                      That's a pretty darn nice piece! It was nice to meet you and I hope my work inspired you to get some more sawdust made BTW my 3' long whale was quite challenging because of the size. It's an interesting exercise trying to shape 3' long pieces of wood! Welcome to the world of scrolling and intarsia. I'm sure you'll get hooked just like the rest of us have.


                      • #12
                        Thanks for the comments everyone. I can't wait to try more intarsia. I have a bowl I working on now...but after that it will be back to intarsia. The patterns will have to be simple because I don't have much of a wood supply yet.


                        • #13
                          I wouldn't worry about the omissions, only you will be aware of them. The whale was cut very nicely and looks great.



                          • #14
                            you will get hooked if your not careful


                            • #15
                              This biggest thing I worry about with Intarsia and being a beginner... is that much of it seems to rely on different woods, and unfortunately I don't have much of a collection yet. Maybe I can use cheap woods and stains at first. Wood just seems amazingly expensive. I could buy furniture and use it for the wood and it seems like it would be cheaper than buying the wood. Time to call up my old friend that just happens to be a hardwood lumber broker to see if I can get some scraps. =)


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