Ginkgo Leaf Inlay

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Project by Gary Rogowski posted 08-04-2014 04:29 PM 4379 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This yellowheart inlay I set into the doors of a mahogany sideboard project. I left it raised so I could carve it as well. The piece took about 300 hours to build. The inlay only 30 hours. But those hours sitting at the bench under a lamp working slowly and carefully to make and put this inlay in were the best part of the whole piece. Other than completing it of course.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my podcast at and twitter @garyrogowski

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 06:33 PM

The amount of hours you refer to gives perspective on what it takes for excellence. My first response was “What? whoa! Where can I get that kind of time?” But I probably invested at least 200 hours over a period of months refashioning the 2 windows on the second floor of my old country Victorian.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 10:09 PM

Beautiful! I’m interested to see the whole project, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 11:29 PM

Very fine carving, and very fine cabinet.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 03:02 AM

Beautiful work Gary, but then again , that is what one would expect from a master like you. By the way, I’ve always loved your contributions to FWW mag.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 03:36 AM

Very nice looking inlay and shading. But where’s the rest of it?

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#6 posted 08-14-2014 01:39 PM

Beautiful work! Your love and patience in woodworking show here.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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