David Penosky and his wife Lisa, live in Manteo, North Carolina. He took up scroll sawing as a hobby cutting out wood shapes for his wife’s craft painting. He progressed to fretwork, an intricate scroll saw art form. After seeing intarsia patterns, he decided to try one and immediately fell in love with the art, creating a realistic likeness of animals.
Intarsia is a dimensional wood inlay technique which uses the colors and grains of the wood to create a lifelike impression. Each piece is individually laid out on the wood, chosen for the way it will add to the overall pattern of the finished piece. After fitting the pieces together, individual pieces or segments are raised or lowered to create dimension. The pieces are sanded and shaped to remove the rough edges, and fitted back together before finishing and final assembly.