Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Intarsia Wall Hanging

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Project by KoryK posted 07-25-2011 02:14 AM 6041 views 11 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece will be taken back to Ft. Riley Kansas with my Son in Law for his Brigade HQ. Hopefully they will hang it with same pride I took in making it. I was in the military for 8 years and it can bring some strong emotions thinking about those who made the ultimate sacrifice, even more for those not identified. Please support your troops, politics aside they do what they are asked to do. This was a new Judy Gale Roberts pattern with a few modifications.

Making the piece
I have a new respect for those who do fret work and scroll saw. You guys and gals have more patients than me, because I was ready to quit after three attempts at cutting out the letters on this. After putting that saw blade through that little drill hole a million or two times it starts to get really old (I even have the Excalibur saw that feeds the blade from the top). Then near getting finished having a piece in one of the letters break out, I felt like chunking the whole project. Like I said, it took three times to get it right. The pattern called to leave the letters open, but I really did not like the look on that. My son came up with the solution using a technique I have used on some other projects. I made a backer for just the piece with letters, and then filled all the letters with sawdust to save epoxy. I used the air compressor to blow just the few millimeter of the dust out. Then I mixed some ebony sawdust with epoxy to get a black color and filled in the letters. Two coats of epoxy to fill in holes, sanding between each and it was a done deal. I did raise the soldier a lot more than the pattern for to get more of a 3D effect. This piece was made from aspen, Brazilian cherry, wenge, mahogany, purple heart, yellow heart, ebony, standard cherry, curly maple, American maple. No stains were used and it was finished in a semi-gloss poly.

Thanks for Looking

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

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Michael Parrish

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#1 posted 07-25-2011 02:22 AM

This is a beautiful peice of art and my company will hang it with respect. I had alot of fun watching you make this peice and I even learnt some new techniques. thanks for the help!

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 02:23 AM

This is an absolutely incredible piece. I don’t often get to go through the project section, but tonight I had a few extra moments and I am very happy I did.

I have so much respect for those who do intarsia. You did such a wonderful job bringing this portrait to life. I also enjoyed your story behind it. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful gift with us all who see it.


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

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 02:38 AM

Just awesome

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 07-25-2011 02:43 AM

A very nice tribute of respect. Looking at the fine detail I see that you took alot of pride in doing this project. Thanks Kory.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 07-25-2011 04:07 AM

im a old vet too we want forget those heros,very very awsome pic of work i can see you had your heart it this one.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 07-25-2011 04:12 AM

Wow, I got goose bumps when I saw this! I see no reason why the brigade will not be impressed and awed by your work! It is very impressive! Way to go.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Occie gilliam

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#7 posted 07-25-2011 04:37 AM

wow nice work

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#8 posted 07-25-2011 05:37 AM

You did a wonderful job with the cutting and sanding of your piece. I also do alot of scrolling and intarsia…a fun project.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 07-25-2011 05:50 AM

Wow is this a great piece. Just amazing work. Every detail is perfect! Thank you to you and your son-in-law for your service. Be safe.

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#10 posted 07-25-2011 06:28 AM

Well worth all of your effort, it really came out great.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#11 posted 07-25-2011 09:05 AM

A truly touching tribute. As a retired Army officer, I would have been proud to hang that in my headquarters.

Sir, well done!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#12 posted 07-25-2011 01:00 PM

very amazing piece.

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

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#13 posted 07-25-2011 01:39 PM

Kory, I have never done any intarsia yet, however, that is one of the nicest pieces that I have seen. It’s beautiful work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 07-25-2011 02:11 PM

Incredible piece. Thank you for posting and thank you and your son as well as the other men and women that served!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#15 posted 07-25-2011 04:00 PM

Very nice job. I am honored that you shared this with all of us and very impressed with the detail of the project. Thank you so much for sharing this beatiful prject with all of us.

-- Most people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference, Marines don't have that problem...Ronald Reagan

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