How I Got Started With Intarsia

I had a viewer named RVTraveler ask me for a video talking about how I got into intarsia and the challenges that I faced at first. So in this video I tell my story of how I discovered intarsia in 2010. Then I got a little carried away and started talking about the challenges that I face now while making intarsia. 🙂


Zebra Puzzle

I asked Ella, grandchild #3, what she would like me to make for her and her mom suggested a zebra puzzle. So in this video I make the puzzle for Ella! I used purple heart and some mystery wood. (it may be alder) I hot glued the boards together so I could cut them out at the same time and then swapped every other piece. So this is really segmentation with a twist! This also left me with 2 zebras! One is the puzzle and the other is a decoration.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 (NCV) You are all people who belong to the light and to the day. We do not belong to the night or to darkness.

Matthew 5:14 (NCV) You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden.



This is a quick and quiet video of a sign that I made. I printed off the word Believe and the verse Acts 16:31. I like the believe signs I have seen all over the place but I wanted to add what it is that I believe, so I added the verse. 🙂 I am unsure of what species of wood I used but it cracked a lot and was a bit brittle. So I had to glue it to a backer board, I used hardboard. I really didn’t want to put a backer on it but I think it turned out okay anyway. Next time I make a sign like this I will make sure to use heartier wood. And if I need a backer again I would use ¼ inch plywood.

Acts 16:31 Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.

Putting Epoxy on the Shop Floor

We have been working on the shop in Prineville on the weekends. It is pretty much finished so now we are ready to put epoxy on the floor. We did 600 feet one weekend and the rest of the floor on another weekend. In this video we are doing that first 600 square feet. We learned a lot about putting down this epoxy and we think it turned out really great! It was much easier than I expected it to be!



Shells and Driftwood with Nadine and Noah

My two oldest grandkids spent a week with us and we had a lot of fun. One thing we did was make a project using clam shells and driftwood. We had a great time painting the shells and putting the projects together. Grandpa helped by hanging Nadine’s above the bathroom door, and Noah and mine on the bathroom wall!

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the sky and the earth.

John 3:16 God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.

Romans 16:19 All the believers have heard that you obey, so I am very happy because of you. But I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.


Piece of Myrtle Wood.

I’ve had this really awesome piece of burl for quite a few years. It moved with us from Oregon to Louisiana and back to Oregon. I really like it and finally decided to give it some attention. So in this video, I sand this piece of wood! I like it so much I put a polyurethane finish on it and hung it in the house! The place I got this piece from is called It’s a Burl. There is a cool video on the website about the place and the founder!

Isaiah 55:13 (NCV) Large cypress trees will grow where thornbushes were. Myrtle trees will grow where weeds were. These things will be a reminder of the Lord’s promise, and this reminder will never be destroyed.

Intarsia Mermaid

I used a stained glass pattern to make an intarsia! To make this project I used cedar, purple heart, yellow heart, and some drift wood! This is my first intarsia that I used driftwood and I discovered that it comes in many different colors and densities. It is mystery wood and scattered all over the beach and I am excited to use it again in more intarsia projects! I have added the pattern to my Pinterest Page.

Exodus 35:32-33 (NCV) He is able to design pieces to be made of gold, silver, and bronze, 33 to cut stones and jewels and put them in metal, to carve wood, and to do all kinds of work.

Making Signs for Becky

My friend asked me to make some signs shaped like arrows to go on her property. She has 14 acres that include forest trails, a vineyard, an orchard, a pond, a barn, and her home. I made the signs using cedar that we had left over from our guest room project. In this video I make the signs and head over to Becky’s house. Then Becky and I put them up all over her property. It was a lot of fun and I am curious to see how the signs hold up in the weather.