Handmade Portraits: Wood Mosaics

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Project by Etsy posted 09-23-2008 09:46 PM 4260 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 09-23-2008 10:51 PM


-- Say what you mean and mean what you say.

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#2 posted 09-24-2008 12:48 AM

that’s pretty dang cool!
and to think I thought my 200+ piece pens were a lot of work!

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#3 posted 09-24-2008 04:33 AM

Thanks for sharing. Beautifully produced.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 09-24-2008 05:16 AM

Nice work! Almost like the pieces are moving.


-- It's all good...

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#5 posted 09-24-2008 05:31 PM

Beautiful, Well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#6 posted 09-24-2008 07:43 PM

When you first look at something like this at show you think a computer did all the work but you have shown us that it’s talent, your talent.
God gave you a call and you answered the phone and said I can do it.
Abilities and talents like your’s take a life time to develop. Beautiful work and thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 07:16 PM

Great little video. It’s amazing when you can find great craftsmanship like this happening in an old barn or chicken coop. Folks are always surprised when they find out about my shop and my neighbors shop as well.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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