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Blog entry by stefang posted 01-22-2013 06:37 PM 2010 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was hoping to get a lot done today, but I was called on to provide transport. That is one of my two main functions. The other is heavy lifting. My wife takes care of all the intellectual stuff, like thinking and such.

I got the lower large flame done and I filled in the with African blackwood on the jagged part behind the lower leg. I am not done with this area yet, as I plan to cut some out of the black area to put some yellow into it. I haven’t done any other black parts yet. The other black you see is just where I’ve cut out.

The black infill was the most difficult work so far as it is fairly detailed and hard to accurately trace prior to cutting. It is hard to see pencil lines on black wood, so I just put a piece of masking tape on top to draw the pattern on. It did come out pretty good. I will be leveling tomorrow and sanding a little as the infill piece was slightly thicker than my main workpiece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 07:39 PM

Not too shabby for a truncated day Mike.
Looking very fine.

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

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 08:35 PM

To put some yellow in there will require a precise and tiny cut…

It will definetaly enhance the looks.

You are doing some fine work.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 09:07 PM

Mike, there is evidence to indicate that the ‘Y’ chromosome (the male one essentially) is gradually being damaged and will cease to be viable in about 100,000 years. That means women will have to do all their own heavy lifting and put their own trash out when we go.

Your marquetry is looking splendid

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 09:39 PM

So I will have to continue taking out the trash for the next 100,000 years? My back hurts just thinking about it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 10:53 PM

Looking good Mike. How much time do you have invested in it so far?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 12:54 AM

That dude is really comin to life Mike. Wow.

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

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#7 posted 01-23-2013 04:30 AM

I have been watching with interest as you move along slowly and can’t believe all the little details you are putting into this and the time involved .
As to your other chores I don’t envy you but such is life , suck it up and get back in the shop to finish this piece of art when you can .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 01-23-2013 05:34 AM

That is a great bit of work. Looking very good.

-- I'll be in the shop -

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#9 posted 01-23-2013 09:46 AM

Thanks for egging me on with the encouraging words everyone. I haven’t been keeping track of time, but I estimate that I have about 18 hrs into this workpiece and I probably used 10 hrs on the two first workpieces that I had to throw away.

I will go more into the time use subject in my next blog to give my thoughts on on it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 06:12 PM

Hi stefang … I’ve been following along and have enjoyed reading the ‘ups and downs’ as you’ve blogged … but only now (due to this variable internet connection in Mazatlan) have been able to make comment. This creation is turning out absolutely beautiful!!
You worried at one point about it being maybe too difficult a project to tackle, and yet you’ve managed to jump over the most difficult hurdles along the way … more than adequately proving you well up for the challenge! I can’t wait to see this dragon pop with brilliance once the finish has been applied :) Well done!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 06:30 PM

Thank you Elaine. This is a learning piece, but I still want it to come out well. More importantly I am having a lot of enjoyment from the experience and I believe that I have now learned what the most critical elements are to attain success. This is a long way from real marquetry with veneers, as I’m using relatively thick wood, but I just don’t like working with that thin stuff even though the results can be so good. I may change my mind on that point, but for now I’m content working with the thick stuff.

I want to mention that I am still in love with intarsia. I love it’s 3d effect. I like the shaping process a lot, something that I thought beforehand would be very boring and dusty. Well, it is dusty anyway. I have only made the one piece so far and without color, but your wonderful intarsia work is very inspiring for me to try my luck with paint even though I’m not an artist like yourself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-26-2013 02:37 PM


I have followed your amazing progress as best I can between all the stuff going on for me. I applaud your taking on this challenge. I’m far behind you but I want to get there. This is a very tough piece to take on I think as an early project and I admire you for that. I am looking forward to making my first real piece of marquetry.

Your documentation and photography is really great too. I had a similar shortened day yesterday. Big plans in the shop and then up pops this I need you NOW! from my wonderful wife and there went my day in the shop…...


-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 01-26-2013 05:43 PM

Hi Ken. Thanks for the encouraging words. My project is going slow, but I continue to learn things. I plan to post a new blog on it later this evening. Actually I’m having so much fun that I’m not eager to be finished too soon. It is quite a thrill to cut out some intricate shapes and then cut a matching piece that just drops in with a perfect fit (well, near perfect anyway). I am of course approaching this marquetry thing in my own backward way and learning things on my own instead of doing it the right way, but strangely enough that is a great motivator for me. My thrill is first failing, then figuring out a way that works. Pure lunacy I guess.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 01-26-2013 07:11 PM

Slow is good, Mike. The one I just posted took over 50 days to complete. Slow allows you to meet problems and solve them just the once, as opposed to a quick fix which needs yet another fix. It can be frustrating but , to use an old old cliche ‘good things come to those who wait’.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 01-26-2013 09:26 PM

Ah chucks Mike! I’m glad you like my ‘dusty’ Intarsia work, and I thank you for such a lovely complement!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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