Intarsia Mule, I Still Don’t know why I Made This?

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Project by KoryK posted 04-14-2011 05:13 AM 4515 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all I really still don’t know why I made this piece??? For my birthday my wife gave me a gift certificate to use, but on a few conditions. I could only use it for a piece that was not for sale, or for a gift, and only for my enjoyment to make. Her conditions came from the fact I told her that doing this was starting to feel more like work than fun because of deadlines and such. After 25 years of marriage she has really figured me out and this piece was fun again.

As silly as it sound, this is the pattern that I chose LOL. I really don’t have any love for horses, much less mules (not to offend anyone, just a city boy). I just saw this pattern (Judy Roberts) and I have wanted to do it every sense. Sometimes I see a pattern and some of the cuts and colors really intrigue me. Then I see ways to expand and it really gets me thinking. The mule pretty much goes by the pattern besides the wood choices, but I made the frame from scratch. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but I really wanted the frame/fence to look weathered. We had to replace our back deck because the wood had cracked, weathered, and started to warp. How convenient, I cut down the old lumber to use for the frame and cross pieces to make it look like a fence in the background. I did not even sand the frame to get the effect I was looking for. Please let me know I’m not the only one that gets jazzed about a project that is way off their normal thing.

This was made from walnut, aspen, cherry, figured maple, ebony, mahogany, old crappy deck pieces, and birch plywood backing. Finished in a satin polyurethane

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 05:20 AM

Great job Kory ,an outstanding work of art.

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#2 posted 04-14-2011 05:27 AM

Oh, I love this. You made it to make me smile and inspire me!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 04-14-2011 05:28 AM

That’s so cool Kory, I love your work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 04-14-2011 05:37 AM

Wow Kory once again you have created a beautiful piece of work It looks awesome.


-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#5 posted 04-14-2011 05:38 AM

Beautiful, looks like the real thing!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 04-14-2011 05:44 AM

WoW, great depth to the piece !!!

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#7 posted 04-14-2011 02:19 PM


I think this is one of the best ones I have seen posted on here. I can see why you picked it, It does just kind of grab you. Super Job

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#8 posted 04-14-2011 03:26 PM

Like all your pieces this is beautiful craftsmanship. The 3d effect is terrific, and i really like that sunbonnet
blinker idea. For a city boy, you really have a good idea of how animals look, and how to make them
look realistic. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 04-14-2011 07:17 PM

You did a GREAT job. I just don’t know what I like more…. the project itself… or the headline!

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#10 posted 04-14-2011 08:20 PM

That is some really good work there. Im glad you enjoyed making it that is what it is all about. Having fun in the shop.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#11 posted 04-15-2011 12:12 AM

You’re work is AMAZING!!!!!!!!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#12 posted 04-15-2011 12:34 AM

this definitely puts a smile on faces!
Sometimes things just say “PICK ME; PICK ME” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 04-15-2011 01:19 AM

Awesome work! Just awesome! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#14 posted 04-22-2011 12:09 AM

Damn, that is stunning!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#15 posted 05-06-2011 03:12 AM

Everytime I see this work of Art it makes me think of you LOL. Great job

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