Intarsia Carousel Giraffe (I’m my own worst enemy)

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Project by KoryK posted 02-28-2012 01:20 AM 6972 views 8 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Explanation: I wanted to make a piece that was a little more difficult and I think I went overboard. 402 pieces and 140 hours later this is what I ended up with. Hope yall like it.

This one is another in a series of carousel animals that I’m trying to find a good place to donate them to. I found a picture on the internet and had to cut out the Mom and baby that were sitting there waving at the camera. I really liked the giraffe but it was cut off at the belly, so I had to wing it on the legs and hooves while making the pattern. It was by far one of the hardest that I have ever tried. It was very delicate to cut out all of the aspen because it had to be done in one piece for all the major pieces (face, neck, and each of the legs) as you can see in the last picture. It also had A LOT of very small pieces to cut, sand, glue, and find on my hands and knees when I dropped them. After cutting out the aspen I cut out the Osage to place in the aspen to make the spots and started to sand after that to get the basic shape of the giraffe itself, then started on the saddle, blanket, and harnesses. I did some hand carving on the ornaments on the saddle and if you look close the yellow heart for the borders is only about 1/16 of an inch wide. Putting the swirl in the pole is always hard but these poles are longer and took more time.

It was made out of 15 different types of wood: aspen, Osage, yellow heart, curly maple, wenge, Purple Heart, blood wood, koa, Indonesian Rosewood, cherry, walnut, lace wood, zebra wood, lignum, ebony. It is 2 ¾ feet tall by 1 ½ wide. No stains were used to achieve any of the colors and is finished in satin.

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

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 01:32 AM

Here’s my “That’s amazing”!!!

Great job on that, WOW, beautiful….................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 01:37 AM

Wow this is amazing a real fantastic work of art.


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#3 posted 02-28-2012 01:51 AM

Wow, this is amazing!... Really beautiful.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 01:58 AM

Beautiful!!! Very nice addition to the collection can’t wait to see them all together :)

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 02:06 AM

Outstanding! Another amazing piece creation! I would think one of the Children’s Hospitals would love to have your collection.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 02:29 AM

Awesome work man! You have great skills sir!

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 02:31 AM

Another awesome piece there, Kory! You keep getting better and better!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

#8 posted 02-28-2012 02:34 AM

I love doing intarsia and really respect others that do it I know first hand how many hours go into making a piece of art. It is just to bad it is so hard to get out off the piece what it is worth. Great job on this piece of art. I have a new one I want to do in the next few weeks.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 02:37 AM

Holy Crap! That’s the most intricate work I have ever seen. There are no words to describe this, AWESOME X 100! This is literally breathtaking, you have patience beyond what I can even imagine. Truly incredible.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 03:44 AM

WOW… Thanks for that last picture. I have admired your work but now I am just totally astonished with it. You have much patience and an amazing skill at doing these. AWESOME !!!!

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

#11 posted 02-28-2012 10:25 AM

I like that job,very well,Kory !!!!! Very beautiful.


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#12 posted 02-28-2012 10:56 AM

This amazing! It would have taken me at least a 1000 hrs. Great work!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 02-28-2012 11:48 AM

Truly AMAZING workmanship Kory! You piqued my interest when you stated that this was “another” of your carousel animals projects….so I clicked on your link to your other projects. You have a history of having a steady hand and a good eye my friend! I would ditto shoptinker too, try touching base with any of the Children’s Hospitals!

I would encourage anybody looking at this to check out Kory’s past projects by clicking on the “projects” link next to his name… WON’T be disappointed!

Have to agree with you about the natural finish of the woods too. I’ll only stain if I absolutely must, otherwise it’s a poly, tung oil or some other “clear” finish to allow the wood to resonate.

Great work buddy!

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#14 posted 02-28-2012 12:40 PM

that’s absolutely amazing. you’ve got serious intarsia talent

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

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#15 posted 02-28-2012 01:58 PM

After looking at this piece I want to try intarsia absolutely stunning!!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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