Functional Intarsia ... Well Aged!!

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Project by justoneofme posted 01-13-2014 06:39 AM 2472 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hope I’m not too late in wishing you all a Happy New Year?!!

The hectic pace of life has kept me away from my computer these many months … other than to enjoy all the many beautiful projects that everyone else has made. That’s not to say I haven’t had my fun in the workshop though! I’ve actually created enough projects of my own to keep you entertained with the blogging of them for many months to come. If only I had more time, eh?!

By far, this Intarsia Wine Box was the most interesting and challenging … and stretched this Mother’s Love to the limit!! Bet that’s made you curious??

Tap onto my blog Functional Intarsia … Well Aged!! and read all about the birth of something I’ve never seen before. But … maybe someone out there in LumberJock Land has. In that case, my Intarsia Wine Box may not be the only one of its kind!!

Many thanks LJ buddies, for keeping me company while telling this story :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 07:30 AM

Great wine box Elaine.
It definitely show your expertise.

I read your blog with great interest. Those tiny pieces, I am sure require lot’s of time. It amazes me to see them fit just like puzzle pieces and the whole thing become a beautiful object.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 09:54 AM

Beautiful work. For me, personaly, would be nice if you didn’t paint it. I would rather put some not coloured finish.But anyway excellent work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-13-2014 10:46 AM

Another collector’s item and family heirloom Elaine. I really love this wine box and I think it is a wonderful vehicle for marquetry and intarsia projects. I’m sure many LJ members, including myself will be inspired by this beautiful piece of art work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 12:11 PM

What a spectacular project! Thank you for taking the time to post the process of its creation as well. Exceptional work! :)


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

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 01:51 PM

you realy do beautiful work i like it great detail good day

-- Punk in PA

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 02:25 PM

Great job as usual Elaine…your blogs are always so entertaining…off I go!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 02:51 PM

I love it.

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 03:28 PM

beautiful project. The wine box looks super and your blog certainly conveys how much work went into this creation. Time to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine with your daughter.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 03:48 PM

Another great wine box from the woman who must be the #1 wine box decorator in the world. (She was doing these in marquetry before she shifted gears into intarsia). Perhaps it is easier to spend this much time on wine boxes when your husband is as good as Bill is at making it.

Nice one Elaine , thanks.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 01-13-2014 04:47 PM

Elegance around a plastic jug. I love it. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 01-13-2014 06:35 PM

A beautiful project and very unique. I love the way you have done your signature inside the box. Very artistic. I do believe your wine boxes are one of a kind. I’ve never seen anything like these before.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#12 posted 01-13-2014 09:05 PM

two things here, first of all this is a top three, but really a top 1, what a fantastic piece of art, you worked so hard , you got the main prize, the love of your daughter, but this one is a top 1, i see so called projects get a top three when they no had no right to be there, this one does, and in my heart it is…fantastic elaine…this inspires..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 01-14-2014 05:42 AM

Hi Elaine > inspiring work as always, thxs for the post – cheers

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#14 posted 01-14-2014 04:04 PM

I enjoy receiving so many wonderful comments from all my buddies … critiques and praise alike!

Your view, Ivan, is appreciated! I have seen some very beautiful Intarsia created entirely from exotic woods … so I understand where you are coming from. But I enjoy putting my own style into the art as I love to paint as well. Early on in life I struggled over the desire to become an artist with paints … or artistic with wood, because there seemed never enough time to do both individually! The woodwork captured my love in Marquetry. ... and my style of Intarsia has allowed me the enjoyment of both artistic pleasures. What more could I ask for?!

I love working with cedar because it lends great ease of cutting and shaping … and it’s hard to ignore the wonderful woodsy aroma that surrounds me while I work. I just hope Paul (aka Shipwright) forgives my ’defiling’ the beautiful stash of old cedar he keeps supplying me with!! ... which is why I always leave some portion within my Intarsia art free of embellishment in order to display (and honour) the beauty of nature!

Because time does not allow to thank you all individually … I will quickly finish off by pointing out just a few more critiques: Mike ... I’ve never received such a high score in my life! Paul ... I rather like being classified as #1 wine box decorator! ... and ….

Grizzman ... you are very sweet in expressing your view!!

That … along with everyone else’s most wonderful praise (I give thanks for) is reward enough, and I shall bask in the glory :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#15 posted 01-14-2014 10:10 PM

Absolutely a wonderful project!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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