Summer Intarsia Fun

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Blog entry by justoneofme posted 01-10-2013 09:33 PM 2338 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow! Much time has gone by since my last project blog … and there are so many of you I wish to thank for such interesting articles that have entered my Inbox, and the beautiful creativity to view!

I thought I had lost all these photos somewhere in cyberspace … but low and behold! There they were, while I was downloading Xmas photos, and arranging albums for the whole hodge-podge of photos I’ve plunked into Picassa for storage. That took way more time than I wished, but at least I felt rewarded by finding the ones I thought would be of interest to my LumberJock friends!

Summertime at our cabin in the sunny Okanagan is a wonderful spot to be! But the creative side of me gets very restless and so, often as not, I can be found playing around in my little Arthaven workshop.

A past blog relating to the Intarsia Wedding Mirror I had made for our daughter’s wedding in August was actually the catalyst for this particular project I’m about to blog right now. That huge, and heavy Intarsia mirror was finished just days before starting cabin life, and once we arrived, it had to be mounted above our fireplace for safe keeping while the lacquer cured. Being so heavy … and I so panicky about it dropping off the wall!! … massive holes were the eventual result of large screws used to secure the mirror. Not only two behind the mirror … but also one in the top corner above it, with a wire attached from the back of the mirror to that screw. I know … a bit overly protective, but you know what that say about broken mirrors!! Anyway, I had a keen desire to replace that wedding gift with an Intarsia design we could call our very own. Something bright and whimsical … and large enough to cover up those massive holes in the wall!!

Sometimes creation takes it’s own path. I had no actual design in mind, other than a bit of whimsy for a change of pace. As you’ll remember from my last blog about the Birdhouse Villa and its very whimsical overtones … this first attempt at whimsy (which shall be read here) was so enjoyable, I just had to do more. I digress! It’s time to show you my Summer Intarsia Fun!

I had so much scrap wood laying around, and so very little room within my workshop … it was time to use it all up. Fir is not the most desirable wood to work with, but I was determined not to waste it. We have enough firewood to burn!! The design started off by enlarging a section of folk art I’ve always admired, making changes for acceptable cutting.

While working that part of the design, I assembled what would end up as the background ‘rustic fence’ onto the largest piece of doorskin I had laying around.

Don’t laugh at my pressing method!!

With design thoughts still in limbo, scrap cedar was clamped together and a loose run of vines and leaves were drawn. Then ideas started to take firmer shape while adding Irises in … there are many of those beautiful flowers adorning our spot … as well as vines of all sorts.

And framework to incorporate … but now you see where the watering can with robin atop will go.

Ahhh! ... at last … the fun part of shaping!!

And painting!!!

And gluing!!!!

A pleasant diversion!! This view from my workshop window helps to put life into perspective, making me realize I can’t spend all my time playing around in the workshop … notice the Irises? Yes those are wild geese babies too!!

More forms of pressure while the artistic bits and pieces are glued over top of the rustic background section.

Then back to the focal point of this whimsical Intarsia design. I know what I’m doing, but have no idea where I’m going!! … just allowing ideas to keep flowing. As one stage is worked upon, another is building itself within my mind.

All put together … looks more like a drawing in this photo! The waxed paper will protect lacquer from being sprayed onto the surrounding surfaces.

As this Intarsia would eventually hang inside our cabin, I wanted some part of it to tie into the decor … this framework is covered with the same material I used to make draw shades for the sunroom. And so the first framework took shape, using double sided tape to adhere the fabric.

Okay … I think this computer is telling me to take a break from the action for a bit as it’s taken far too long downloading these last photos! But I’ll return with the remainder of the blog, because of course … there’s more than meets the eye!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 10:02 PM

Bravo Elaine! I love everything you’ve done with this intarsia, it is whimsical, cozy and summery looking. Very fitting for a cabin. I can hardly believe there will be even more surprises, but I will take your word on it and wait for the grand finale.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-10-2013 10:21 PM

Wow, I am amazed with your ambition and skill! This takes more patience than doing one of my perforated vases! My hats off to you and I am looking forward to seeing the final product! Its gonna be a wham dinger!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 01-10-2013 10:33 PM

Very nice Elaine,
Even when you are “slumming” with the DeWalt at the cabin your work is still top notch.
You have an artist’s eye and a real knack for design. I’m with Mike… Brava Elaine!

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

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 10:41 PM

Elaine that is truly amazing
It must look great up and personal


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 01-11-2013 12:36 AM

Great work, Elaine. It’s so much fun to see the steps you’ve included and watch it come to life!

-- ~Julie~

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#6 posted 01-11-2013 12:41 AM

Very nice Elaine! You make me want to try more of this myself!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 01-11-2013 01:13 AM

oh this turned out so beautiful, this is one type of wood work i want to try sometime, i just have not gotten there yet…but you certainly have and i love your work, this is grand, and i liked the geese also…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 01-11-2013 02:54 AM

Elaine this is so beautiful and artistic. Sometimes you just have to let those creative juices flow, come what may!
I really like how the irises turned out…very realistic!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#9 posted 01-11-2013 01:34 PM

Wonderful work; very inspiring. Thanks for taking so much time with the photos and blog. Very well done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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