Tree Inlay

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Project by tyskkvinna posted 05-06-2010 02:45 AM 3708 views 6 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this one somewhat recently. It was a design that I did once already as an inlay, but the design failed in the staining procedure – my woods were too similar and I used the wrong tint and it ended up so you couldn’t really see the difference. SOOoo, I opted for high-contrast.

I’m not actually sure what the dark wood is? I’ve had a few opinions on it. It’s way darker than any forms of Walnut I’ve found in stores/for sale. I asked the sawmill where I rescued it from and the guy actually doesn’t remember having anything like it.. haha. Mystery wood.


It’s 14 inches tall and on the widest part 10 inches wide.

I liked having the natural edge to it with the tree pattern.. very thematic.

Otherwise I’m going to admit I’m not particularly happy with this piece. Not sure why… but that’s just how it goes.

It’s been up in my shop for a while with lots of views and no takers. Just waiting for the right person I suspect – which is fine. I don’t mind sitting on something for months+ if it means eventually somebody who really loves it, gets it.

I’d love to come back to this design, eventually, but make it a bit bigger. My first attempt at it was bigger and there were some details in the leaves that looked nice.

I’m still amazed I got all those tiny bits. :-) It was kind of nerve-wracking.

For the curious – I did a v-carve on the dark piece of wood. Then I did a reverse v-carve on the maple. Glued them together and then nervously milled it off.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 05-06-2010 03:00 AM

I would love to see a tutorial on this!

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#2 posted 05-06-2010 03:01 AM

That is simply very COOL… I really like it… and I agree with Dustin… Get a slow rolling blog going!

-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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#3 posted 05-06-2010 03:29 AM

I really like this!

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#4 posted 05-06-2010 03:30 AM

very nice i would also love to see a blog?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 05-06-2010 03:45 AM

I like the piece and can’t imagine how you did all that tiny stuff. I guess the “v-carve” part explains it. So, what does “v-carve” mean? ;-)


-- Jim

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#6 posted 05-06-2010 04:04 AM

I like the inlay alot. I think the reason you don’t like it is the square edges. Just cut some jagged ones on the other sides that mimic the natural edge and I bet you’ll like it. Still looks like walnut to me. I think what is confusing is the wood is getting into a crotch area where the grain starts turning to endgrain and is naturally darker.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#7 posted 05-06-2010 04:17 AM

Design looks familiar. Where did it come from? Yoiu did a nice job on it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 05-06-2010 04:25 AM

I can do a blog on my next one, sure :)

I have a LOT of this wood – some of it quite long – and it’s all this dark.

I don’t remember exactly where I got the design – it was a vector art site, not sure which one. I roam them a lot for my day job and collect ones that I like for other purposes.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#9 posted 05-06-2010 04:25 AM

Great lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 05-06-2010 05:19 AM

Well done. It looks like the darkest walnut I have, which is aged 50+ years from 200+ years old trees, nice stuff! If you have a lathe glue some up and try turning it, you won’t be displeased.
Oh and I also would love to see a blog on how you did the inlay, it is very intricate.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#11 posted 05-06-2010 05:21 AM

Let me rephrase that, if you have any access to a lathe, turn some.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#12 posted 05-06-2010 05:25 AM

I love the inlaid part and the contrast is great, but I don’t like the shape of the raw piece it is in. Something that is naturally more symmetrical but not too “busy” might work better, like a cross-cut from a log, with the bark still on, but then you would have cracks to deal with. Anyway, I think it is nice. I really wish I had one of those machines.

-- Leroy

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#13 posted 05-06-2010 08:38 AM

Very nice!


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#14 posted 05-06-2010 09:33 AM

I think it is similar to a logo I saw, not the same design. How many hours do you have into the inlaying?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 05-06-2010 11:42 AM

very nice, I like it a lot. But I know what you mean about something wrong. I like the natural edge and the tree etc. Personally I think the tree is up to high on the wood, maybe just cut it off at the bottom a bit.

-- Theresa,

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