Intarsia For Beginners – Book Review

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Learning Intarsia Book

If you want to learn intarsia, or improve your intarsia skills, classes are great – but not always convenient to get to, and seldom cheap.

Intarsia For BeginnersThe alternative is a good book, and there are several intarsia books for beginners for you to choose from. Today we’re looking at one by well-known artist Kathy Wise.

Intarsia Woodworking For Beginners is a very thorough look at this fascinating hobby, taking those who want to learn intarsia all the way from their first cut, through sanding and shaping, to final finishing.

Kathy Wise Intarsia BookLater on there are detailed explanations of more advanced techniques, like layering and using shims. You also get an introduction to adding more texture, carving and even woodburning.

Most of this intarsia beginners book focuses on the fun stuff – putting skills into practice on actual plans! You start with a goldfish and work through several levels, getting better as you go.

There are 25 plans in all including a beagle puppy, mice and cheese, boy on a swing, a cowboy boot clock and the horse’s head you see on the left. It’s a comprehensive collection aimed at taking your intarsia skills from complete beginner, to a very high level.

The book is a great introduction to intarsia by a talented artist who obviously has a deep understanding of her craft. It’s worth the purchase price for the intarsia patterns alone – and many of them will appeal to intarsia woodworkers who are already more experienced.

I really enjoyed it and thoroughly recommend it. You can get your copy here.

So what do you think...