These Angel Fish are one of my favourite projects.

Much of the impact of this great design relies on the contrast between the colours...

This intarsia Antique Pistol is surprisingly realistic.

Hold it in your hand and you can almost believe you are a highwayman.

And you will only need 3 different timber colours. Contrasting colours make for a more dramatic effect.

Notes on the plan guide you through the construction.

Even making those wooden screw heads is simple when you know how.


The "official" title is Backyard Contemplation but we just call it The Dunny. Aussies will understand this.

This striking and very popular design is a cross between intarsia and model making.

Our first attempt didn't have an occupant. Very boring with just the shed and the chickens.

The pattern and instructions guide you through making the background and then gluing the following...


This dramatic design is a lot easier than it may look at first glance.

It is made up of 4 separate layers each of which is easy to make but combine to make a stunning intarsia.

  • The man himself. Those sunnies avoid any intricate detail around the eyes as well as making him look "real cool"
  • Handlebars, fuel tank and engine...

What little girl wouldn't like this beautiful kitten inlaid into their bedhead?

Or you could use that butterfly as a fridge magnet.

Contrasting colours will make the stripes stand out.

Next time I will use brighter colours for the flutterbye.

This comprehensive, full size, pattern will take...


These Bunnies are an easy place to start your intarsia adventure.

This design has two levels of difficulty (easyculty!!). Easy and easier.


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...

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

Having said that, it is also the...


Dolphins are perennial favourites and this Dolphin Family leaping through the waves is always very popular.

The stream-lined dolphin shape makes for very...


Possibly one of the most daunting aspects of carving Dolphins is the initial process of roughing out, in other words taking away the bits that don't look like a dolphin.

These worksheets elegantly overcome this problem by showing you how to laminate together a series of profiles that automatically give you the basic shape.

You are then instructed through the process of stock removal, shaping,...

There's nothing quite so relaxing as watching Ducks swimming on a pond. Or on your wall.

Of the 37 pieces many are cut out of one piece of timber. So initially you only have to fit 13 pieces together

Then cut some of the larger bits into many smaller bits.

Full details and instructions, as always, are included on the pattern.


Cute and fluffy Ducklings are everybodies favourites. And these are as cute and fluffy as they come.

I often talk about the importance of contrasting colours when making intarsia. If I made these again I think I would use red petals even if they are supposed to be daisies.

The front duckling can be made as a very easy standalone project.



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...
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....

This Flying Kangaroo is the first, and simplest, project out of the nine designs included in the book Intarsia Down Under.

All the individual pieces can be cut out of one larger piece of timber which guarantees that everything fits together beautifully.

This downloadable plan is a complete chapter from my book 'Intarsia Down Under' and includes a full size pattern...
The Formula 1 Racing Car is the ultimate speed machine, its aggressive low slung body and aerodynamic fuselage give it an almost animal like appearance.

This sculpture worksheet includes

  • 14 pages of comprehensive step by step instructions
  • Full size patterns
  • Detailed diagrams
  • Material list
  • Making wheels without a lathe

This project is specially designed for the complete novice. You don't...

Intarsia designs don't come much cuter than this little fellow.

Curled up nice and warm this Fox Cub is a very straightforward project with just a little detail around the eyes and nose.

You can easily straighten those ragged edges on the ears.

All the instructions you...

This intarsia Friendly Frog looks very happy sitting on his leaf with the raindrops.

To ease construction the frog and leaf are made separately. The frog is then glued on top of the leaf. Too easy and it really adds to the 3D effect.

And you will only need about 6 different timber colours. Using different timbers for the frog will make...

Now everyone can imagine they are living in the tropics with a Gecko on the wall.

Only two contrasting timbers and off you go.

Use "double cutting", fully explained in our book "Intarsia Down Under", for a perfect centre join.

 A rolled up piece of sandpaper makes short work of the gaps...


A fairly straightforward intarsia project but it does benefit from careful timber selection.

I know the black and white image isn't a lot...

In Western Australia they call these a Bungarra.

You haven't had a decent trip to the bush unless you've been chased by one.

Although there is some detail around the hands and feet it's not as bad as it first seems. The hands and feet are cut out of one piece of wood so everything fits back together again easily.

The background...

This is another of our popular gallery designs. We have sold many finished Cockys through high class timber galleries around Australia.

And so could you. If you would like to make a little money from your intarsia this is definitely one of the designs you should look at.

Again a detailed pattern that takes you through the construction process step by step.

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...

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