Horses - Intarsia Woodworking

Project by Chris Mobley posted 02-25-2013 02:02 PM 5091 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Horses – Intarsia Woodworking
One of my recent Intarsia projects is from a painting of horses. The client sent me a photograph of a painting hanging on their wall and requested an Intarsia piece from this photograph. I was very excited to start this one because I loved the picture they sent over.

I started this project by cropping and enhancing this photograph on the computer. There is a few ways that I could have done this project. 1) Making the pieces follow the musculature of the horse’s body or 2) Having the pieces follow the shading in the picture. I chose to go with the second method because both of the horses, ground, and background were all a very similar color and I wanted the horses and the pieces to stand out. It is hard to differentiate between pieces if everything blends together.

I blew up and printed this enhanced photograph out on the plotter so that I would have an actual sized print of the piece.

I then hand drew out each piece to create some plans to go by. This is one of my favorite parts of the process because, when you do not have set plans to go by, you get to create your own. This is where the creative side of me loves to come out.

Once I had something to go by, I headed for the shop. I began cutting out each piece and fitting the picture together. Like most all works, the hair is the most difficult, because the pieces of wood get very small. On this the two horses seemed to blend together and it was difficult to differ one horse from another, so I raised the horse on the left half an inch off of the other to give it more dimension and create a 3D affect.
I used several different types of wood to accent the shading in the painting. Where the sun was shining on the horses, I used much lighter wood and in the shadows, the wood is much darker.

Once the pieces had all come together, I added a background and frame to the image and sealed the wood.
I am glad that I decided to determine the pieces of wood by the shading in this painting. It gives it an impressionist feel to the piece.

-- Chris Mobley - www.cmobleydesigns.com

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posted 04-05-2014 06:29 AM

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posted 06-10-2017 05:27 PM

Wao this essay writing service woodworking is so wonderful. As I don’t have words to admire your amazing wood work. This is really a masterpiece and so marvelous. This piece is giving me the images of so many things like its looking like fish or maybe buffalo or may be bull. Whatever it is its mind blowing.

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posted 08-28-2018 05:41 AM

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posted 06-19-2019 09:16 AM

Chris your work is above average and wonderful. Especially, turning into intarsia woodwork is the real gem here as I know how much it takes to craft the puzzles.

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