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Project by smoke posted 12-27-2012 08:32 PM 1737 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another intarsia piece that I’ve completed and given away. Last year it was my niece, Kennedy, and this year it is my daughter, Karley. Both were given to my awesome parents as Christmas gifts who love them both. I learn a little bit more each time I work on a project in intarsia. So many intarsia pieces are of animals…maybe I should stick with faces? You can see the picture that I used to construct a pattern from. Woods used were Peruvian walnut, Bolivian rosewood, zebrawood, walnut, maple, paduak, box elder (cheeks) and one called advoire (?) No stains were used in this, just letting the natural beauty of the wood shine through. The finish is just a spray polyurethane, but it really brings out the depth of the color of the wood. Comments and criticisms are always welcome as you can never get better without both. Thanks for viewing.

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 09:06 PM

Scary. Well, I think I should say you did a great job.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 09:36 PM

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#3 posted 12-28-2012 01:18 AM

Very interesting, looks nice.

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 02:16 AM

Holy Smoke!! You’ve definitely chosen a most challenging creation for Intarsia, especially having to work a pair of glasses into the facial features as well. Is it any wonder most Intarsia pieces are of animals?!!

My only criticism … and you did ask! ... is that I feel (in this particular case) less cuts … especially in the forehead area … might have been better. But there again, I know how difficult larger pieces are to shape into desired contours. If smaller sections are cut from the same wood to portray much of the facial features, that would lend itself to a more overall visual blending. I do love how you’ve managed to use the box elder to ‘rose up’ her cheeks though! And a superb mastering of the eyes and glasses!

Criticism aside, you have a gift smoke! Critiquing is always meant to encourage … not discourage. I would say … yes!!! ... keep working with faces because you are already creating what most would never dare to attempt. Intarsia alone creates all kinds of challenges, but faces present more unique and impressive challenges!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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

I think you did an excellent job doing a very, very difficult subject matter.
Well done!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#6 posted 12-28-2012 03:00 AM

It’s great she let you draw lines on her face LOL! Justoneofme was right on this is also a difficult subject because you know the person and that can drive you nuts! I wouldn’t have tackled it! Nice job. What did she think?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 12-28-2012 01:01 PM

surfside-not sure what you meant by “scary” feel free to expound.

just one of me-thank you for the most encouraging words, and better yet, the criticism/critique. Your explanation will definitely help in intarsias to come.

doc—karley loved it…actually she said “that’s freaking awesome!” my parents loved the piece as well. thanks for your comment!

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#8 posted 12-28-2012 02:20 PM

Intarsiareffic! Like the combination of different kinds of wood, really showed the contours of the face. What great talent!


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#9 posted 12-28-2012 04:28 PM

You did a fantastic job recreating the photo. Faces are very difficult to get right and yours looks very much like the picture, especially around the eyes.

Great job!!!

-- Intarsia92

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#10 posted 12-28-2012 06:06 PM

If this is the start? I sure want to see where you are headed.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 12-29-2012 01:15 PM

Outstanding work and original too. Great job on this!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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