Intarsia sailboat mirror

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Project by Allison posted 01-26-2009 03:39 AM 4961 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really wigged out awhile back about my band saw blade busting and I wrote about it here. I pretty much have not been in the shop since. I don’t consider myself that big of a sissy la-la but I guess I am. However in defense of myself if one were to see my shop and see how small it is and then picture that blade having the time of it’s life flying through that room I might get a hair of sympathy LOL!!! It makes no never mind now, I have a blade back on it and dust up my nose, no longer do I need fingernail polish as my fingernails are sanded down now due to my 1X40 inch belt sander. I thought I would just finish what I had started what seems like forever ago.

This again is cork board flooring from ””Wicanders”:” I felt like it looked like sand and that is what I was going for. I have made this little boat scene before when I very first started scrolling. This time I thought I would place it on a mirror. The sails are mystery wood a dear friend of mine gave me in the beginning of December. The bottom of the boat is dear old Dad’s Pomegranate tree. Green Poplar for the palm tree tops, and the big palm tree is that wood I wrote about here asking if anyone knew what kind of wood it was. The “water” is what I call blue pine, and my favorite of all is the little palm trees. That is wood from my fathers Apricot tree. That wood has got to be the prettiest wood I have ever laid my eyes on, but because it was/is such a small tree, I never did get a big nice chunk of that baby!
Soooo anyway, I am back in the game. A great friend provided me with some awesome, beautiful pieces of wood perfect for intarsia, and I am really hoping to make my favorite item I have ever made, next. I am still in search of a pattern for that!

Now that I posted this I see that the first two look like a dirty mirror. It is really reflecting our rock wall for our wood stove. I did not notice that till I just posted. LOL!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 01-26-2009 03:43 AM

This is really cute, Allison. Extremely creative!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-26-2009 03:44 AM

Allison, another great piece. The palm trees are just amazing!

when I decided back in September to see what my thumb looked like on the inside (I don’t recommend it) it took me a while to even consider getting back in the shop. I couldn’t work as a chef and I couldn’t work in my shop, I didn’t know what to do, but I thought about all the projects I wanted to do, and that kept me hoping that one day I wouldn’t be afraid to face my fear(s). Glad to see you back at work on the bandsaw.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 01-26-2009 03:55 AM

So glad to hear your back in the saddle again, a good looking piece here, and I bet your enjoying making things again. Keep up the great work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 01-26-2009 03:59 AM

Cool, Really Cool, Allison!!

I really like the proportions!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 01-26-2009 04:17 AM

Great job glad to see you back into it after your war of nerves with the bandsaw

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#6 posted 01-26-2009 04:34 AM

Another Awesome piece Allison !!!!
You’ve got “the touch” kid.

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#7 posted 01-26-2009 04:35 AM

very nice mirror Allison. I like it.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#8 posted 01-26-2009 04:44 AM

how cool

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 01-26-2009 05:21 AM

Very beautiful Allison, I really admire your work. You are very creative.

-- Robin, California

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#10 posted 01-26-2009 05:30 AM

A work of whimsy and skill…sweet.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#11 posted 01-26-2009 02:25 PM

cute little intarsia or scene or whatever you want to call it Allison, I just wish I was there. It looks like a nice warm place, it’s -1 below here this morning. Hope it’s warmer where you’re at.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 01-26-2009 02:41 PM

As always, I like your work and love your write-ups. You have a great way of putting things.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 01-26-2009 02:54 PM

Beautiful work Alison I have always wanted to try intarsia actually I have done it but not seriously like you wellm done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 01-26-2009 06:46 PM

I haven’t been here for awhile, but I picked the right time to check in. I’m so happy you got over your “band saw” thing and got back to work. And what beautiful “art / work” it is !

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#15 posted 01-26-2009 08:05 PM

Simply gorgeous !

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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