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Challenging Patterns

What person wouldn't love to have this Pumpkin Cottage hanging on the wall of the kitchen?.

A challenging project but by building it in layers it is not quite so difficult as it may first appear.

Make a picture frame and place the background in it.

Glue the completed cottage on top of the background. Then make separately

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The King when he was in his prime. The next intarsia may be a fat, bloated, white suited 40 year old.

The detail around the eyes and mouth is a challenge. But a lear is a lear and you got to get it looking good baby.

Dark hair is mandatory even taking into account artistic licence. A blonde Elvis just won't work....


Making those legs was one of my highlights for the year. But then I need to get a life.

For Charlie Chaplin you will need lots of dark timber but Marilyn is much brighter.

I used two different light timbers for her dress. One for the lining and one for the outside material.

Her tanned legs contrast nicely with the dress material....


A full grown bird is about 1metre (1 yard) long. The largest bird of prey in Australia.

This design looks spectacular when blown...

This is a beautiful design that never fails to get gasps of amazement when people (potential customers?) see it for the first time.

This design also uses layering which makes it a lot easier than it looks.

The layers are made separately and glued on top of each other.

  • The mirror frame. This...

Up North to us antipodeans but South Pacific to the rest of the world.

Intarsia is much easier and more effective if it is built in layers rather than in-laying the foreground bits into the background bits. Easy is good.

So following this principle the palm trees are stuck on top of the sky.

This design will give you the opportunity to...


Also known as the Bushman's Clock which you will understand if you have heard them calling in the morning.

This has been one of my most successful designs. I've made a lot of this intarsia and sold a lot. Consequently this pattern is particularly detailed.

The bird is made separately and glued on top of the branch and frame.

The largest Parrot in Australia living in the Cape York peninsula and parts of New Guinea.

The actual colours of a real life Palm Cockatoo are very dark grey or black with crimson cheeks.

I've taken a few artistic liberties with the colours. And you can too. With any of the designs. Just don't forget that contrast is good.

One of our...

The kangaroo paw is the floral emblem of the state of Western Australia. It is an unusual plant with bright red stalks and green flowers.

But not in this intarsia where I have used natural timber colours. Green coloured wood I don't know about.

Layered construction simplifies the project and gives it a nice 3D feel.

Glue the flowers and stalk on...

This is a challenging piece. Probably the most challenging of all the designs you will find here.

Having said that, it is also the...

In tropical Australia, Bos Indicus reigns, due to their resistance to ticks and other hot weather nasties. Large ears are typical of these breeds.

As with many of our designs this proud fellow is built in layers.

First the picture frame containing the background. I used veneer for the sky.

Then the body is glued on top of the sky inside the...

Mo Fine Woodworking Projects and Intarsia Patterns

Harry Van der Sluice took the stage name Roy Rene when he entered the world of Australian...

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