“Jabba’s Palace” – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Wood Intarsia

My latest wood intarsia piece: a scene of Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine from “Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi”. I built this from a variety of domestic and exotic woods including mahogany, bubinga, bloodwood, purpleheart, walnut, lacewood, sycamore, and maple. All natural wood colors (NO stains or paints). The frame is bocote with mahogany splines. The work is finished with Tung oil and the frame with polyurethane. This work took several weeks (and many countless hours) to create, and I documented the entire process on my Instagram account. Videos can be seen in my “story highlights” on my profile. I made this for myself. However, I am willing to very reluctantly part with it for $500 if someone just had to have it + shipping. You can buy it HERE.

 

 

  The Making of Jabba’s Palace

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After ~7 hours of scrollsawing. My back feels just great! Ha. New Star Wars intarsia project “Jabba’s Palace”. This is how it looks in the warmer living room lights. Actual color is probably between this post and the last. Next up, getting the depth and shapes down with hours of sanding. Lacewood, bloodwood, mahogany, bubinga, purpleheart, walnut, maple, and elm (maybe. It was a half rotten branch I found and milled). See my stories to see me rocking out to @galacticempireofficial (and others) while making it. . . . #starwars #starwarsart #starwarsfanart #woodstarwars #woodart #workinprogress #woodworker #woodworking #intarsia #tatooine #jabbaspalace #binarystar #maytheforcebewithyou #scrollsawart #scrollsaw #madeinpittsburgh #pittsburghmaker #pittsburghwoodworking

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Last shots before the finish (hopefully my Tung Oil will arrive tomorrow. Thanks for all your advice!). I got to break out my 45 degree table saw jig today and rebuild my crappy straight edge jig. I had a really nice piece of bocote wood I bought a while back for 15$ from @woodcraftofpittsburgh. It was slightly warped, so I jointed it with the straight edge jig, ripped it in half lengthwise, and mitered the 45s to make this frame. It’s not actually glued up yet. I was originally gonna router the edges, but I love that grain so much I’m just gonna leave it rectilinear – no distractions. I would have paid probably twice that at least for a decent frame otherwise. Not that anyone sells frames with these weird dimensions anyway. The piece will intentionally poke out of the frame at its thickest depth. Random: the plywood for my 45 jig was set pieces being thrown away by the Pittsburgh Playbouse. The rest was 50 cent scrap from Construction Junction @cjreuse.

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“FN-2187” – Daniel D. Brown, 2018, Wood Intarsia, Maple, Walnut, & Padauk

This was a fun wood intarsia project I did inspired by “FN-2187” (Finn) from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. It is constructed with maple, walnut, and padaduk wood – cut with a scrollsaw, shaped with a Dremel, and hand-sanded. No stains or paints were used – these are all the natural colors of the wood. Finished with gloss polyurethane. I made this primarily for me, but I am willing to sell it. Buy it here.

“FN-2187”
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Cypress the Screech Owl – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Wood Intarsia

I have been accepted into this year’s Wings & Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary for the third year in a row. Thus, I decided to creat a piece specifically for the show. During last year’s show, the staff brought around this cute little screech owl around to my booth, where I got some great photos of him (see below). I based this piece on one of those photos.

You can purchase this original wooden artwork here.

If you are interested in making your own version of this piece, the plans can be purchased here.

The following instagram post contains a bunch of photographs going through the entire process of creating these intarsia pieces. Click through to see how it’s done:

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Making these #intarsia projects is a long process. Step one is digitally drawing the design. Then I print a bunch of copies, cut out each piece of paper, pick out and purchase the lumber based on color and grain pattern, arrange all the pieces on the wood to get the patterns I want, spray glue all the pieces to the wood (and cover with packing tape to help keep the paper from peeling and lubricate the scrollsaw blade), and then begin the long arduous task of cutting out each piece on a scrollsaw (going through a handful of blades with each piece). This one is gonna be special (and the most complicated one I've made): this is "Cypress" the screech owl, whom I photographed as his handler brought him near my booth at last year's Wings and Wildlife Artshow at the National Aviary.

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Meet "Cypress" the Eastern screech owl. I photographed him hanging out in front of my booth at last year's Wings and Wildlife Art Show at the @national_aviary. So this year I decided to immortalize him in wood. This #intarsia piece was made with mahogany, cherry, maple, walnut, pine, and yellowheart (most of it from @rockler_woodworking). All colors are the natural wood (no stain or paint). The owl was cut on a #scrollsaw and the frame with tablesaw and router (see my previous IG post for more details if you're curious how they're made). I'll have this piece and many others again this year at the show on November 4-5. Come on out if you're free and wanna see some cool art and birds!

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Ruby – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Wood Intarsia

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Stormtrooper – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Intarsia

My buddy @scrapforge made me a scribing knife. So I made him this from Cherry and Walnut. 

 

And here are a bunch of views under different lighting conditions:

 

Sphen – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Intarsia

This is my second attempt at wood intarsia. I designed this based on a new resident of the National Aviary – an African penguin named “Sphen.” It was constructed from Walnut, Aspen, Cherry, Red Oak, Yellow Pine, and Maple log.

The Fish Panhandler – Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Wood Intarsia

This is my first ever intarsia project, made by cutting different species of wood into fitting shapes to make a larger picture. No stain is used – only the natural colors of the wood. It was constructed from red oak, poplar, yellow pine, and unknown reclaimed wood.
It is named “The Fish Panhandler” because it’s based on a brown pelican I photographed at The Docks at Crayton Cove, Naples, Florida hanging around the fish cleaning station waiting for fishermen to toss him their leftovers.

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