Paperback: 127 pages
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (February 1, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #88,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #136 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Home Improvement & Design > How-to & Home Improvements > Woodworking > Projects #2776 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies
Having just recently started creating intarsia projects I was interested in a book which provided the very basic of this type of work. I was not disappointed. This book is excellent at presenting the subject in a clear and easily followed format. As you work through the levels in the book you cant help but pick up more details and skills. Only criticism and the reason for dropping one star relates to the fact you have to photocopy the plans and in some cases enlarge them. A hard bound book makes this very difficult. I have split the spine and inserted everything in a folder. Not a big deal but could have been addressed with a spiral bound format or the inclusion of plans separately.
This is a great beginner's guide to Intarsia. It takes you through segmentation, single wood intarsia, multi-wood intarsia, intarsia techniques for adding 3-d effect, overlays, woodburning, carving, not to mention gluing, finishing, organizing cut sequences, etc. This book also offers 20 projects spanning 3 levels. I have other scroll saw books that featured some of Kathy Wise's intarsia, and have come to appreciate her artistry - her work is beautiful and tasteful.If you want to learn about intarsia, this is a good place to start with overall discussion and nearly two dozen patterns in 3 skill levels from beginner to advanced. I've made a few pieces from her patterns and have found them to be impeccably thought out and easy to follow. Her patterns use gray scale to indicate the areas to be contoured, and cut sequences are color coded. This is a very useful book, and her designs are very tasteful.
I cabinet work and have tried many different disciplines furniture, house doors, intricate box making and clocks. I am currently working with intarsia projects. Intarsia is really sculpting wood. I have little artistic talents but I have made some projects that many friends and family find very attractive after purchasing this book. If you like working with wood, have lots of patience and are looking for new areas to explore in working with wood try intarsia.
This book lays out directions very well. I am a wood working hobbiest. I use a scroll saw mostly, but have had an interest in intarsia for a long time. Always thought would be hard to learn. So glad I got this beginners edition. Clear, precise instructions. I have made the first pattern, a goldfish. Turned out so well, was able to give it away for a birthday present, she loved it! Ready to try more!
Kathy Wise has put together a book that is very easy to follow for beginners, as well as the advanced wood worker. Step by step intruction, beautiful projects, will have you creating beautiful pieces of art in no time. Highly recommend all of Kathy Wise books.. I am new to this Intarsia woodworking and have found her books very helpful....
The book is properly named because it offers steps for improvement from the very beginning of the book. It is easy to read and understand. The project plans are are a selection that are well drawn easy to understand. The plans alone are would cost many times more than the book would cost. I have used these plans to create many of the projects already. "Kathy is very wise."
Ordered this book for my niece. She was surprised that a person could make these things with wood. She said that she plans to make several of the projects in the book. She was so pleased with this book. The instructions were very thorough. Thanks.
This book is simple and straight forward and has step by step instructions with illustrations . I found it very easy to follow the provided instructions. The projects start you out simply and continue to build what you have learned previously until you reach some very detailed projects. I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn Intarsia.
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