Handmade Portraits #1: Handmade Portraits: Wood Mosaics

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Blog entry by Etsy posted 09-26-2008 07:40 PM 2975 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Robin and Kathy Tucker of woodmosaics stopped working in town back in 1986. After Robin’s intricate wood-inlayed work was featured in The Best of Missouri Hands catalog and commissioned by Ralston Purina, they were on their way to full time crafting. Influenced by Amish quilt patterns, Robin’s excellent woodworking uses exotic natural woods that range from Satinwood from Sri Lanka to Purpleheart from Central and South America. All of the wood is completely natural, with only a clear finish added to punctuate the beauty of the wood’s innate color.

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(Music credit: Michael Chapman, Nathan Salsburg, J. Seger)

Choosing to live as off the grid as much as possible, Robin built a windmill so the family could hand pump their own water. Kathy made their clothes for years and they slaughter their own meat from the goats and chickens they raise. However, the one amenity they can’t live without is the internet. After a dozen years of craft shows across the country, Robin and Kathy prefer to stay at home, tend to the farm and sell their goods via laptop rather than mall shows. While the juxtaposition of an outhouse and high speed internet would seem strange to most folks, the Tuckers have chosen to make certain sacrifices to keep costs down while in pursuit of a self sustained lifestyle. Living in the middle the country in Spickard, Missouri, the Tuckers keep connected through the latest in social networking via their Myspace and flickr sites, with a solar powered back-up generator in case the electricity goes out.

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#1 posted 09-27-2008 04:33 AM

Helllooooo Robin//Kathy of WoodMosaics;
—what I’m seeing in this video is simply put….wood art at it’s best!
I’ve been over to your Flickr site and was looking at the pictures of the ‘foot powered table saw’, woodpiles and then the chain saw shavings….by the way, do you use a ripping chain to get those size of shavings?

I will be coming back too your Flickr site some more to go through your pictures….so I’ll probably have more questions. I was impressed by how you use the foot powered table saw to get those 3D cuts in your wood work.

Hickory tree cut with a 24’’ chain, wood mosaics, off the grid of where most folks live and hand pumping your own water, while surrounded by the internet and goats a plenty….welcome to LumberJocks here and….

....thank you weirdwolf; for this great worker of wood find….plus a welcome to you also….and;

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 09-27-2008 07:53 PM

Frank; I use a regular chain; it’s just that I’m cutting with the grain not across the grain is why it puts out the long shavings.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#3 posted 09-27-2008 08:33 PM

I enjoyed waching the video.

Keep up the good work Robin and Kathy.

-- Kirk H. --

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#4 posted 09-29-2008 06:27 PM

Very inspiring (on many levels)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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