Show your appreciation at Thanksgiving by creating Intarsia projects for your home. It is easy and enjoyable to create abundance for your home and garden with Intarsia patterns. The themes of history, abundance, cornucopia of fine food, acorns with leaves, corn or just small bowl will decorate your home in a special Holiday way.
Intarsia is an exciting woodworking technique which is easy to obtain and accomplish as a hobby and artwork. Having done intarsia myself, I can readily appreciate the massive talent and artistry of Kathy Wise, Garnet Hall, Judy Gale Roberts and other artists who mastered their creativity and shared their experiences with wonderful woodworking workshops and patterns. Their creative designs are bringing intarsia to a new level of art, way beyond the craft stage. I would and will recommend it to any beginners or woodworkers that want to improve their skill at Intarsia. With creative intarsia technique you will learn how to cut and shape small pieces of various woods to form images. Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses varied shapes, sizes and species of wood that are fitted together to create a 3-dimensional, mosaic-like picture. The intarsia process is very much like making a jig saw puzzle. Intarsia is created through the selection of different types of wood, using their natural grain pattern and color (but can assimilate the use of stains and dyes) to create variations in the pattern. After selecting the specific woods to be used within the pattern, each piece of wood is then individually cut, shaped, and sanded. Sometimes, additional pieces of plywood are used to raise areas of the pattern to create more depth. Once the individual pieces are finished, they are fit together like a jog-saw. puzzle and glued to a piece of wood backing (birch, plywood). The backing is then cut to the outline shape of the final product. Once the glue holding the individual pieces of wood on the backing is set, a final layer of finish is applied to complete the project.
For Thanksgiving woodworking projects I would recommend to use Aromatic Red Cedar wood or Brazilian Cherry Wood. Aromatic Red Cedar is soft wood with aroma that is a natural repellent to moths and insects. Sapwood is white to cream and is intermixed and contrasts with the salmon to dark red of the heartwood. When woodworking with cedar expect tight closed knots through the material. Aromatic Red Cedar glues and finishes well, although in many applications, the wood is left unfinished to reserve its aromatic properties. Some common uses for Aromatic Red Cedar include fence posts, closet and chest linings, carvings, outdoor furniture, pencils, bows, and small wooden specialty items. Brazilian cherry wood can vary in color, from a lighter orange-brown, to a darker brown, which tends to become darker with age. The grain tends to be wavy and interlocked much like mahogany. Brazilian cherry glues, stains and finishes well, and also turns well on the lathe. Both choices fit the fall theme and are easy and affordable to obtain.
Source by Rick Noch