Intarsia by Garnet Hall
We recently moved from our grain farm near Stoughton, Sask. to an acreage outside of Estevan, Sask. In the immortal words of Shrek, Change is good Donkey. Maybe, but I still miss the farm. Three generations of my family have lived on and worked that dirt. We plan on keeping the farm and hope for oil. I have also cut way back on my beekeeping operation, stung once to often I guess. More change, I found a job, a real job, working with Mentally Disabled Adults. I look after the wood shop, some teaching and make sure nobody loses a digit. I have been working with wood all my adult life and my interests have run from furniture making, collectors toys and Intarsia for the last number of years.
I first encountered Intarsia in the mid 80's and knew it then as band saw art. I learned later it was called Intarsia. It sounds like a new pasta dish because it has an Italian ring to it and its origins are Italian. By that point the name was irrelevant any way because I was hooked. I enjoyed the challenge Intarsia provided from the beginning, first
doing production work and marketing through craft sales. As
interest grew, people were constantly asking how it was done
and for patterns. So I started doing classes
and selling my line of original patterns.
Since then I have never looked back mainly 'cause I haven't
had the time.