Summer Intarsia Fun

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Blog entry by justoneofme posted 01-11-2013 01:27 AM 3480 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m back! … to finish off blogging about my whimsical Summer Intarsia Fun project. After the pressures involved with commission pieces, this very first Intarsia design created especially for ourselves to enjoy … was pure fun!!

I wanted to completely cover the upper portion of wall from mantle to ceiling, and almost as wide as the mantle itself with this Intarsia design. But the largest piece of doorskin wasn’t anywhere near large enough, and so … because my mind skittered here and there with no firm commitment to design (other than size!) ... I had to play around as best I could.
In this particular photo, the side sections of doorskin are glued … and screwed (until set) to 2×4 supports … allowing more width to play with. Then 2×4 supports were glued and screwed in place along the top and bottom, but the width of doorskin there was enough to work without enlarging. It seems rather ‘Mickey Mouse’, but as these photos progress you’ll see some sort of sanity happening. Trust me!!

This project had to end up being wider than taller, and so more rustic planking was stained and glued down to each side of the main work. If you look closely along the top, you’ll see that all those unsightly screws have been removed! Now I was ready to design the next stage of artwork. More leaves and flowers … to depict all the beautiful and wild Mock Orange bushes that abound in this area, giving off their most heavenly scent as spring turns to summer.

Wanting this new design for both sides, I cut through 2 layers ending up with a book match design … then started into shaping. I know what you’re all thinking … this is not true Intarsia!! Well … you have a valid point because all these cut pieces lay on top when finished, rather than cut into the background. However … the challenge still remained!! In fact, I found it more difficult to keep all the many pieces together … and gluing them at last to their backgrounds so everything matched up to perfection wasn’t any piece of cake either!!!

Mock Orange blossoms in bloom … in wood!! Then glued in place, with the help of the (cut background) templates to keep everything in alignment.

What on earth is happening now?!! I’m actually setting up for the next stage of framework. For that I shopped down the beach to beg, borrow … but not steal! some cedar planks left over from dock building.

And … while the framework was in varied stages of preparation … another stage was being worked. Lettering! You’ll have to wait until almost the end to see what will be!

Back to the framework …. Big … Bright … Beautiful! Imagination bursting at the seams!!

And once that was put in place … more framing to make it just the right size! Thank you to whoever invented the brad-nailer!! ... because this project was sizing itself beyond my clamping system!!

Check out the colour!! It doesn’t look so in this photo … but the brad-nail holes were filled and totally hidden once the frame received its 2nd coat of this luscious purple acrylic. In the corner you can see the beginning stages of the final stage! …. well, almost the final stage!!

One more flower to adorn my Intarsia project … the Wild Rose. Another local favorite that shows its superior splender throughout the summer months.

Much thought was put into this particular part because somehow this whole Intarsia art piece has to be attached to our cabin wall … and I wanted it to be semi-permanent in that it will stay in place … but can be removed for repairs, etc. And so I chose these roses to be the corner-pins, putting their centres to good use.

The blank pieces of corner wood (noticed previously) ... 4 in all … were covered with the fabric, and then the rose motif glued in place, with all their exterior edges blackened. In some folk art, black lines are used to add that ‘whimsy-look’ ... my reasoning behind doing so to enhance the whimsical features of this Intarsia design. Those black dots are where I will once again use the brad-nailer to fix the corner sections in place. Then the leaves will be glued to cover. And there’s the centre of each rose … an extra long drywall screw blackened up. The screws will actually be going through thick wooden wall material … but you all know how I panic about heavy things falling off walls!!

Now! Back to the written word!! Much tedious time was spent sanding and shaping these fiddly bits of lettering! Thankfully … in my opinion anyway! ... it was well worth the time spent.

Except … I could have saved myself the trouble of outlining each and every yellow painted letter … because after the fact, it really didn’t show up well once the picture was placed upon the wall!

Down it came again! This time the tops of each letter were blackened so the whole meaning was visible for all to see. Indeed … Cabin Life is Paradise!!!

And now this ‘artistic addition’ has become a fixture within our 34 year old cabin, renovated from the rustic shack we built to the cozy summer home we so love!

I thank you all for reading my blog. I’ve had an enjoyable time ‘chatting’ with my LumberJock buddies, and maybe a few more out there who have had a moment to peek at this. I hope every one of you will have an exciting new year creating to your heart’s content! Until next time … keep knee-deep in sawdust!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 01:32 AM

Just beautiful!

-- ~Julie~

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 02:30 AM

Superb…... but not surprising.
Great job Elaine.

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

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 02:43 AM

Wonderful blog that shows the order of work. Your patience is incredible!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 01-11-2013 03:02 AM

yea what paul said, but knowing your skill level , it makes me look forward to whenever you post a blog or project, thanks so much…now that its not cabin time, what is going on in the shop…grizz

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

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#5 posted 01-11-2013 05:16 AM

This is awesome!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 01-11-2013 07:22 AM

The detail and precision is outstanding and the results are well worth the effort.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 01-11-2013 10:45 AM

There is no doubt in my mind that you have the ‘Art’ gene Elaine. Wonderful work and you describe the fun and challenges in your excellent blog very well too. A great inspiration to us all.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-11-2013 12:18 PM

Very nice It has amazing detail
It has an amazing quilt like quality to it except with more depth


-- 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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#9 posted 01-11-2013 10:44 PM

Wow, you are very, very talented! That is beautiful! I love your attention to detail! Stunning work!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#10 posted 01-22-2013 07:16 PM

Quite the project. Very well done!


-- Tim S, AZ

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#11 posted 01-23-2013 11:07 PM

Hi Everyone! Sorry for the lapse in time sending my thanks to you all. For the past 1-1/2 weeks. My hubby and I have been having a spoiling good time in Mazatlan!!! Unfortunately the Internet service is not great around our resort, and I’ve been unable to do much of anything until today … even so, very sporadic! Hopefully this message will get through!!
It did my heart good to finally connect … and read such wonderful praise from my LumberJock friends regarding this particular project!!! Many thanks to you all :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 01-24-2013 02:44 AM

well that is great, i went to matzalan when i was 18, had the best time ever, and i didnt drink the water…have fun, and enjoy…i would tell you of a good place to get sub sandwiches, but i forget the name of the place…:)...adios senorita…

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

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