Woodworking can take many forms as the following wooden intarsia wall art. Some will tell you they have spent a lifetime doing woodwork and still learning every day. With so many rabbit holes to trip you up and slow you down as this article on other media. The following three crafts have had my admiration and attention for some time.
It closely relates intarsia to wooden inlay and marquetry, in setting shaped stones into patterns it has its origins in7th century Egypt. They continued the technique and developed through to 14th century Italy. After about 1620 marquetry was overtaking the intarsia. Sometimes the lines between the three can become a little blurred as what is what.
Inlay is the art of in inserting wood into another piece of wood such as the banding on furniture or boxes. The banding on these wooden pen boxes are homemade by me to match the style of box and the woods. The pen boxes are still a work in progress though I am afraid (problems with the hinges 🙂 )
The inlay in this wall art uses the grain of the wood to be the veins on the leave along with the natural colours of the wood.
This is my version of the original by dfcabinetmakers.com which was a more detailed marquetry piece.
Butterflies or bowtie shaped pieces of wood sometimes inlaid into furniture to repair or stop cracks in furniture developing further as at this link from Popular Woodworking.
Marquetry is the art of using thinly sawn expensive veneers up to 3mm thick in days of old. These days veneer is only 0.7mm and can be fragile. The veneer can be used in patterns or used to make pictures such as the work by Paul Schurch or lots of other work at marquetry.org. We can see lots more examples of all three disciplines on this Pinterest marquetry board.
Wooden Intarsia started in 70s America and is the art of using cut and shaped pieces of wood to make pictures such as these two pieces.
Kathy Wise from America does fantastic work I can only aspire to.
This wooden intarsia elephant has wooden joinery techniques with a spline to the picture frame corners. Marquetry to the picture background and intarsia for the main elephant.
The frame made with splines in the mitred corners for strength, then we do the marquetry for the background.
Using veneers, I can use expensive and exotic woods that would be out of my price range.
Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the head being worked on. At last, all the hard work done and just the finish to apply.
With five kinds of wood on the elephant and eleven with the frame and veneers, the woods also give a contrast and definition to the elephant.
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