Hummer, Daniel D. Brown, Ph.D., 2020

“Hummer”, 2020, wood intarsia.
I made this little hummingbird piece as a “quick and easy” palette cleanser after my previous incredibly tedious bee project. The main reason I designed this specific piece (besides being a mental health exercise) was to compare it to a similar work I made 3 years ago when I first learned intarsia (swipe to the final pic). It’s funny because I thought my original hummingbird was pretty cool back when I designed it. Looking at it now, it seems just ridiculously amateurish. I call that progress! Hopefully in a few years, this will look equally stupid (though I’m sure I’ve reached diminishing returns).
The new piece was intentionally made of a more chaotic mix of grains and colors. I just wanted to have fun with it and make it kinda weird. It’s constructed from 16 species: canarywood, bocote, walnut, black palm, chakta viga, leopardwood, katalox, holly, cherry, redheart, yellowheart, olive, honey locust, maple, crab apple, and elm.

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“Hummer”, 2020, wood intarsia. I made this little hummingbird piece as a “quick and easy” palette cleanser after my previous incredibly tedious bee project. The main reason I designed this specific piece (besides being a mental health exercise) was to compare it to a similar work I made 3 years ago when I first learned intarsia (swipe to the final pic). It’s funny because I thought my original hummingbird was pretty cool back when I designed it. Looking at it now, it seems just ridiculously amateurish. I call that progress! Hopefully in a few years, this will look equally stupid (though I’m sure I’ve reached diminishing returns). The new piece was intentionally made of a more chaotic mix of grains and colors. I just wanted to have fun with it and make it kinda weird. It’s constructed from 16 species: canarywood, bocote, walnut, black palm, chakta viga, leopardwood, katalox, holly, cherry, redheart, yellowheart, olive, honey locust, maple, crab apple, and elm. … #pittsburghwoodworking #madeinpittsburgh #woodworking #handmade #scrollsaw #scrollsawart #intarsia #woodintarsia #woodworker #handmade #woodporn #garageworkshop #hummingbird #birdart #homedecor #custommade #maker #DoItYourself #imadethis #makersmovement #covid19

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Cutting Board #5, Guitar End Grain – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

This little cutting board is now in its new home in Portland, Oregon. I made this as a house-warming gift for my bro-in-law, the death metal vocalist/guitarist/bassist Daniel Kelley (@vulgar_necrolatry) in the band Ossuarium. It’s very roughly based on my Jackson guitar, with liberties taken in the form (I basically just sketched out a shape I liked onto the wood and cut it on my bandsaw after the other two rounds of cutting and gluing – swipe for in progress shots). Made from walnut, mahogany, cherry, ash, and maple. This was my first endgrain board – and you can see how I screwed up the grain direction at one point. But it was a fun and educational little project. I also successfully put this sucker through a planer (I can already hear the screams of warning from woodworking pros. Hey it worked fine – by using only 1/64” passes, if that. No exploding planer! Hope you guys get some nice produce hacked up on this thing, D!

 

Mail Organizer – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

The mail organizer requested by my wife is finished and in use! It now hangs next to our entrance above the butcher block island cart I built a year ago. Goodbye mail clutter! Made from walnut, cherry, and ash. Box joints cut on table saw jig. Contours and fretwork cut on a bench top bandsaw and scrollsaw. Designed in Illustrator.