Saturday, August 07, 2010


Wood Inlay:
Pieces of wood the same thickness are specially cut to shape so they fit together in a design without gaps. The pieces are sanded flat, giving a mosaic-like effect.
Wood Intarsia:
Pieces of wood are cut to shape so that they fit together without gaps. The pieces are shaped and carved to give dimension to the picture, and usually attached to a backer board.
Generally, no dyes or paints are used to add color. The designs rely on the natural grain and colors of the different wood species

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Went to the Merry Go Round Museum in Sandusky Ohio as part of our Spring Break vacation. Lots of information as well as old and new carousel animals. The building was a Post Office originally - the only round Post Office that was built.
Did you know there is still a place in the US that hand carves wooden carousel animals? Carousel Works is about 45 minutes south of Sandusky. Saw some of their new ones that are slated for a carousel in New York after being displayed at the museum.

These Cows are actually the same shape - The one in the back has it's original paint. The one in the front has been refinished. Not sure if the camera shows it, but the saddle blanket is material - looks like velvet to me?

Can you tell what is different with this carousel animal?

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Carousel horse wood intarsia is 99.9% complete!! The pictures show it on an oak plywood. I was origionally going to cut an oval from this, and mount the horse on it. But I am thinking that it blends in too much. So I will be getting a piece of birch plywood - a lighter colored piece of wood.

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong to get the photos on the wrong way - sorry about that!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

I've got most of the horse cut out now. I've started some of the shaping and sanding. I need to get some darker wood to use for the hooves and saddle.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

It's a sad day.....

Someone went out last night and cut the shoe treee down! I'm not sure why it was there, or what the significance was, but I always enjoyed driving by the tree just outside of St. Helen.

I would wonder who would throw their shoes up there, how it got started, and how did they get the shoes up so high?!

DH came home today and said he had been talking to a logger who's working in that area - the tree was there last night, but cut down this morning on his way into work.

I took these pictures about a year ago - I'm glad I did.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

After a few more days of work this is how far I've gotten. I need to figure out what black colored wood to use for some of the pieces (hooves, saddle, gem?).
I'll be training as a Census Worker the rest of this week, so won't get back to the woodshop until next weekend.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

I made it to the wood store last week and purchased the birds eye maple I needed for my Carousel horse intarsia. I also picked up a few other boards of wood while there -

So I worked on the horse head this week. It was taking about an hour to cut and fit 3 pieces of wood. I still have to work on the fit of some of the pieces, and will have to re-cut at least one piece. But this gives you an idea of how it's going to look!
I still haven't figured out what color to make the "gem" on it's chest, or the saddle seat.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Here fishy fishy fishy.....

:) A couple of Whimsical Fish designed by L. Kim Braa and published in the Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts magazine.
I took a break from woodworking and made these up. They look real easy, but I'll tell you - getting all of the little dots to be (almost) the same size is tough! And I found that the correct tools help a lot - I made the carved lines too large in the first one I did - which is why you get to see 2!!

They were fun to make and a nice break from the woodworking. I have another one that I designed ready to start dotting -

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Process and Progress
I'm not sure how many know how I do the woodworking that I do -
I use a Scroll Saw to cut the wood. First, I'll put the pattern onto the wood, then cut each section out.

When there are a lot of small pieces, I'll number the pattern, then the bottom of each section once they are cut out. You can see where I've started shaping the individual pieces.

Here's the wood types I'ld like to finish the horse with. Birdseye Maple, Bloodwood, Yellow wood, and Purple heart. In order to do that, I need to go to the wood store! and that's where the website comes in! You can see my proposal in the side-bar. Feel free to check it out and if you have any questions, drop me a note or leave a comment!


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts - 2009 Best Project Design Contest Voting

Here's the contest!! Feel free to VOTE - Make sure you go through ALL of the voting Sections - and at the end you will have a chance to VOTE for your OVERALL FAVORITE design.

Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts - 2009 Best Project Design Contest Voting

Friday, January 22, 2010

Kickstarting my Project

While unmotivated to start a new project, I started looking at ways to get it funded. I want to make the Carousel Horse look good, and to do that I want some good wood, not just the cut-offs that I get by chance at the wood store. But with the boards I want running $150 plus, I knew I couldn't justify taking it out of the budget. Well, after looking at many grant sites, I stumbled across where she had information on the Kistarter website. After reading all about it, and signing up, I was able to get a project listed!!

Here's my link - please read it and pass it along....

Thanks especially to my Backers in Michigan and Argentina and California!

Monday, January 18, 2010

At the same time I was designing the Carousel horse fretwork, I also drew up a design of a full Carousel horse to cut using the intarsia method. I’ve had the pattern for months, got copies made of the pattern, and am ready to go! Have been ready to go for months! I just can’t seem to make that first cut and I’m not sure why.
Fear of failure? It would be the largest intarsia I’ve done, but I’ve done some difficult ones already.
Has anyone else run into this? Afraid to start a project that they want to do? What have you done to actually start?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

So, it's been a LONG time since I've updated this. What's been happening?

This fall (September through the end of November) I worked on the Roscommon County Gypsy Moth Survey crew. We went through the county looking for Gypsy Moth egg masses on homes, golf courses, parks, etc. Unfortunately, it looks like their population is on the rise. Fortunately, the county has a spray program and a lot of the county will get sprayed this Spring.

As soon as that was over, I had to get ready for a Craft Show here in town. Had another successful show - so much so that I decided I need to start earlier this year and maybe get to a couple more next fall/winter. Christmas followed... and the New Year.

Here's a design I made last fall from one of the pictures of the Carousel horses I took at the Grand Rapids Museum.