||Years ago at a Craft show I saw Intarsia (wood
inlay) and was fascinated. In the beginning my creations were flat, but I could see
the potential - Through trial and error, coupled with patience and careful crafting. I
improved. I strive for perfection, but I am never completely satisfied.
Everybody says, "I am too fussy."
Over the years I improved the Three-Dimensional
(3D) effect. During that time, I exhibited my Intarsia work on the Craft
show circuit. I competed for and won Cash Prizes, Best-of-Show Awards,
Purchase Awards, First Prize Blue Ribbons and other awards.
I carefully select each wood species, paying particular attention to color, tonal
graduation, and grain orientation. I use different thick-nesses of wood to achieve
the Third-Dimensional (3D) effect.
After cutting the individual pieces of wood out, I contour each piece, carve (when
needed), rough sand, fine sand and dry assemble to check for precise fit. I use Tite
Bond glue to attach the pieces to a quarter-inch backing board, then apply a final sanding
and finish with clear lacquer. Finally, I personally sign each Intarsia piece front
and back and include a list of the woods used to comprise the artwork.