Having said that, it is also the most satisfying of all the intarsia I have made. A week's work well spent. This is one of the few designs I haven't sold. He still hangs in pride of place on the walls of our house.
If acquiring all those dark timbers for the suit is too daunting then check out this article on ebonising.
I won't even mention all that detail in the face and the wrinkles in the suit.
However he does look fabulous and is well worth the effort. Using bamboo for the walking stick may be considered cheating by intarsia purists but I did it anyway.
Lots of notes on this plan to help you through the tricky bits.
Finished Intarsia Size:
800mm x 240mm (32"" x 10"")
Number of Pieces:
111 (but only 87 if you cheat and use bamboo for the walking stick)
A2 420mm x 594mm (17"" x 24"")
This is a small section of the very detailed computer drawn plan that will guide you through the construction process
Some Sample Timbers used in this piece
Use these samples as a guide to colours only. You should use wood that you can easily obtain locally.
The pattern includes detailed guidelines on choosing suitable timbers. Need more timber colours? Check out our guide to Ebonizing and Bleaching Timber here.