Intarsia Birds
30 Bird Patterns & Lessons for Beginners to Advanced Woodworkers
by Kathy Wise

Softcover
215 x 280mm
96pp

Published by Sawdust Books, Yale MI USA

R.R.P.$39.90

ISBN 978-0-9844141-0-9

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Robin Project


Chickadee


Six Song Bird Ornaments


Cardinal


Crow


Duck


Rooster


Hen


Quail


Screech Owl


Macaw Project

 

As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 187

Intarsia tends to be a somewhat neglected category of woodworking. Club exhibitions rarely include more than a very small number of intarsia pieces, if indeed, any at all.

Those who pursue it, however, find that Intarsia offers at least as much satisfaction as any other of the many woodcrafts. Also, it can have advantages in the economy of materials that are required, the speed with which finished pieces may be produced and the great freedom that it offers for artistic expression.

In this book, Kathy Wise draws together all of the elements necessary to understand the craft, to learn its rudiments and to progress to the construction of complex and advanced examples.

The book also promotes the instructional material and several hundred project patterns that are available from the authorís website: www.kathywise.com.

The first short section is devoted to the selection of wood. This, of course, focusses on species which are used in North America, but for which alternatives are easy to obtain in this region (particularly with the help of a craft timber supplier).

Next, there is an introduction to the machines, tools and consumables that are commonly employed for Intarsia. Prime among these is the Scrollsaw on which the components of an Intarsia piece are usually cut, though mention is also made of the cutting abilities of a bandsaw when equipped with a thin blade.

After that, the serious work begins in Chapter 1: Basic Intarsia Steps.

Since Wise has chosen birds as the projects for her book, she begins with details of how to create feet, talons and beaks, inlay eyes and form feathers. The guidance continues through sanding, gluing and finishing.

Chapter 2 contains a group of Easy Projects, for example, a Robin, Chickadee, Crow, Duck, Rooster, Hen and Quail.

Chapter 3 addresses Intermediate Projects such as an Eagle, Swan, Pelican and Owl, while Chapter 4 moves on to Advanced Projects which include a Turkey, Pheasant, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestral and Loon.

The book is very well illustrated with photographs and shaded drawings (patterns).

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial

Contents

About the Author
Introduction
Wood Information
Tool Information
Supplies

Chapter One - Basic Intarsia Steps
All About Patterns
Intarsia Hints
Feet and Talons
Beaks
How to Inlay
Inlay Eyes
Feathers and Wings
Wing Sanding Guide
Gluing
Finishing

Chapter Two - Easy Projects
Robin Project
Chickadee
Six Song Bird Ornaments
Cardinal
Crow
Duck
Rooster
Hen
Quail
Screech Owl

Chapter Three - Intermediate Projects
Macaw Project
Eagle
White Doves
Swan
Pelican
Barn Owl
Red-tailed Hawk

Chapter Four - Advanced Projects
Turkey Project
Great Horned Owl Project
Pheasant
Osprey
Bobwhite Pair
Peregrine Falcon
American Kestrel
Loon

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Eagle


White Doves


Swan


Pelican


Barn Owl


Red-tailed Hawk


Turkey Project

 


Great Horned Owl Project


Pheasant


Osprey


Bobwhite Pair


American Kestrel


Loon