I can't believe I finally got it done.

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Project by Allison posted 03-11-2008 05:23 AM 2373 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a minor mishap in my shop about 2 weeks ago now that pretty much stopped me from getting to my shop for a few days. I had already started on this elephant, he was already pretty much done when this happened. Now I don’t know about anyone else but when I am in the middle of a project and something comes up to take me away from it, it seems as though I have to actually try to get in the same mind set I was when I started. In other words I am not just rolling along. My ideas aren’t fresh and it seems as if it takes forever to get back to that place. Does that happen to anyone else?So anyhow that’s why I am calling this I can’t believe I finally got it done. This is a stained glass pattern, not an intarsia pattern. The elephant is out of pine, What I was trying for was a harvest moon and it is made out of Lace wood. The leaves are green poplar and the tree is made out of an apricot tree my father had my husband prune for him. This wood is gorgeous!!! I only wish it had been a bigger tree as we did not get a whole lot out of it. I am looking forward to getting back in my shop. Where I live, for awhile there it was sooo cold i just couldn’t do it. Thanks to everyone for letting me share. Peace!!! I had this frame. I did not make it. Allison

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

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Bill Butler

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#1 posted 03-11-2008 05:43 AM

Your talent speaks for itself in an artform that most can only marvel at.

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#2 posted 03-11-2008 08:50 AM

Allison this is another outstanding example of your work. I am a fan of your art.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 03-11-2008 11:13 AM

Very nice intarsia Allison, one of the best I’ve seen in a while. mike

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

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#4 posted 03-11-2008 11:35 AM


This is a delight to view. It takes a true artist’s touch to produce something like this. Being “artistically challenged” myself, I admire the skill it takes to create something like this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-11-2008 12:59 PM

Very nice Allison!

A beautiful creation of intarsia. I have a fondness for Elephants.

Some day I’m going to try something like this.

Fruit wood of all kinds are a treasure. Whenever I see someone cutting down a tree,

I try to get some of the wood.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 03-11-2008 01:13 PM

The elephant has always been my favorite animal as well.
very nice work, everything seems to fit together perfectly.

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#7 posted 03-11-2008 01:32 PM

You really do nice work Allison. I can only admire from the distance. I doubt I could ever do that precise work.

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#8 posted 03-11-2008 02:41 PM

Great job, Allison!

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

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#9 posted 03-11-2008 02:47 PM

I sure looks like you did get it done! Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 03-11-2008 02:56 PM

Very nice work Allison!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#11 posted 03-11-2008 03:42 PM

Simply gorgeous Allison. Why, cold shops are good for the …. ????

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

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#12 posted 03-11-2008 05:46 PM

Yes Allison, you can count me as one of your intarsia fans also. This pachyderm looks great. Nice job.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 03-11-2008 09:10 PM

wow that looks so great. i love the way the wood looks. i initially thought that it looked like stain glass. you can count me in as a fan.

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#14 posted 03-31-2008 12:11 AM


Can you explain the difference between stained glass pattern and intarsia, I one day want to do Intarsia,and I always thought insarsia is. Simply put, what you have here! Different spicies of wood for color (Not Stain) which takes the place of the colored glass and the lead is nonexistant.

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#15 posted 03-31-2008 02:21 AM

The only way I can put it is stained glass patterns are simplified. If this were an intarsia pattern this elephant would most likely have a whole lot more pieces. An example would be if you go to my projects and look at the Red Tailed Hawk. Then look at my Cockatoo. The cockatoo is so much more simplified. And yes, intarsia is what and how you described it. A person can also take a pattern such as what we are referring to, and cut it out of one single piece of wood, then it can be stained or painted the colors that need be. This is called segmentation. I love intarsia because I love the challenge of finding wood with the coloring I need for the project. I personally like the outcome better, however right now I am starting a portrait of a geisha girl the white face, black hair. The only way I am going to be able to do her at this time will be segmentation. Quite frankly I am not into it like I normally would be.Just- because.She may never get finished! There is no challenge (except I am a lousy painter) LOL!!! I hope this helped.

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

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