It’s All About Donating! #1: Rustic Intarsia!

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Blog entry by justoneofme posted 05-25-2019 03:43 PM 1142 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi there all my LumberJock buddies! I’m finally getting into my latest project. This Intarsia wall hanging is an art piece that will be donated to our local Hospice for auction (or raffle) ... it hasn’t been decided which yet, but the proceeds will go toward our future Hospice House. This facility is great news and much needed for our Duncan community on Vancouver Island!

While working on the design, the idea of a rustic picket fence background came instantly to mind when I spied this very old cedar plank in our tool shed. Originally part of our house we live in (so I’m thinking around 70 odd years old), it was retrieved from our attic years ago and stored away … forgotten until now!

It’s old … it’s dirty! And it’s perfect for that rustic look that’s so ‘in vogue’ these days! I sliced up the panels needed for this 16” x 45” design.

The design I drew up was just a basic pattern to follow, so I could add more, twist it this way and that, and invert if desired. While transferring onto the panels, I did all of that!

Once the design was to my liking, I then went around with my pen knife to slice wherever the design (in this case, all the stems) butted up to its neighboring panel … so when it comes to cutting on my Excalibur, I will have a precise line to follow. Meanwhile, the rest of the carbon print lines I can follow, or play around with. In most cases I like to play around! You know … like adding a little ‘pizazz’ to an otherwise boring line!!

And now … the fun begins! I usually work my Intarsia pieces with thinner solid stock cedar … but how could I resist such a funky painted slab as this, eh?!

And knowing it’s old paint, I’m taking every precaution against the possibility of there being lead in that paint! I’m wearing a proper dust mask … such a fashion statement!; the sawdust is vacuumed up after each day’s progress, and my hands are washed repeatedly.

So … with that being said, it’s time to dawn my mask and get back to playing! Until next time, be happy making sawdust!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#1 posted 05-25-2019 03:49 PM

such a GR8 worthy cause may god bless you Elaine for your excellent work :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 05-25-2019 03:58 PM

That’s going to be an amazing piece. Should bring pretty penny for the cause.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 05-25-2019 07:16 PM

At last Elaine! This will be fun. I couldn’t help being amazed at how flat that cedar board has remained through the years and how nice the exposed wood looks. I’m not sure sure what a hospice is used for, but I assume it must be for a good cause for your community, good on you!, as the Aussies say. Looking forward to the entertainment of watching this progress and learning something at the same time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-26-2019 02:21 AM

A great piece of wood to work on Elaine. Looking forward to following the project to completion. Good for you for encouraging the use of the dust mask. We scrollsawers sometimes forget how important a dust mask is.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#5 posted 05-26-2019 07:37 AM

This will be interesting to follow. I hope that it will be a bigger success than you are hoping for, and that the Hospice House will really benefit from it.
About 4 comments after this one, DocSavage45 should let you know that he’ll be keeping Murphy out of your way. Sounds like a good bit of assistance. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 05-26-2019 02:15 PM

Great to receive ALL your interest and wonderful comments! Thank you everyone!!

Glad you haven’t been holding your breath for this long-awaited blog Mike :). Now the crunch is on to make it fun for you as well … I’ll try my best LOL!! Our Hospice House facility will have a 10-bed capacity for palliative care patients … and apparently will be the largest on the island. Hopefully it will spur on other communities to enlarge their own facilities as there is much need for companionate and loving end-of-life care.

I’m hopeful the cause behind this donation will stimulate more funds than what’s usually generated. Most times artwork goes ‘for a song’ when auctioned or raffled off. It’s a good thing I love what I do!!

There’ll be plenty of play-time hours ahead with this piece … and it’ll be great having you all on board with such encouragement backing me up!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#7 posted 05-26-2019 02:20 PM

It looks like you are providing some end of life care to a very old specimen. Just like your Hospice House does.
I shall watch with interest.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#8 posted 05-26-2019 02:38 PM

Good one Jim!

Just as Mike made comment … I too am amazed this old cedar board is in such excellent condition. Maybe the paint added in it’s preservation! It may have languished forever in a dark corner if not for this particular design, so I’m looking at it more along the lines of giving it new life!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#9 posted 05-26-2019 07:19 PM

Saw your posting,

Thought I’d see what you’re doing. Nice work and instructive to boot. Best of luck and I’m keeping Murphy busy with me, so don’t worry! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 05-27-2019 04:06 AM


Nice to see you back at it, and for a good cause, too. Maybe some billionaire can bid on it and donate it back to be a central art focus for the new facility!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 05-28-2019 01:56 AM

Hope Murphy doesn’t get in you’re way too much Doc!

Where can I find that billionaire L/W?!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 05-28-2019 06:29 PM

Makes me focus and think about where I’m at now. LOL! He takes me places I don’t want to go, but often need too?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 05-30-2019 10:03 PM

Looks like a great start on another fine art piece Elaine and for a great cause. I may be needing it soon myself. (Just joking)
Sorry I was late to the party. I was off all weekend playing hooky from the shop, sailing my new boat, and turning seventy. I’m afraid I completely missed this.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 05-31-2019 03:27 AM

Great to hear from you Paul … and Happy Birthday!! You’re one up on me :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#15 posted 06-04-2019 01:11 AM

Looks intriguing, I am interested to follow along with your project. (And I’m jealous of your Excalibur)

-- ~Julie~

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