While looking around for some ideas for the string and berry inlay for the show spice chest, I came across a DVD by Steve Latta, so of course I got it, and to say I was impressed by his skill and talent is an understatement. I have done some inlay and marquetry but certainly not enough to consider myself an expert, but I learn pretty quick, so to be able to see some one who is an expert do it was really nice, some thing that was not available to me as I came up thru the ranks.
Typically I have either used a router and a small bit for the string and so forth, and that involved making patter’s and using guides and so forth I was able to do pretty well, but still it was limited and I have made some scratch tools for making arcs and so forth, or make a 1/16 plane of sorts, using some 1/16 steel stock and grinding and sharpening, then using exacto knives , I would cut a line then using the little plane/scraper I would clean it out, but it took a lot of time .
Steve’s DVD is very much about the Lie Nielson Inlay tools, but there is also alot of technique and so forth, so I really enjoyed it, and as you may have guessed it, yea I bit the bullet and bought the Lie Nielson inlay tools, and while I haven’t had a chance to really get into using them I can already tell you they are sweet, and open up a new world, for anyone who wants to do inlay and especially stringing, here is the DVD and the tools, http://www.craftsmanstudio.com/html_p/A!IT.htm
This was sent to me right after I wrote this, its Steve Latta and Roy Underhill on initals and number inlays, good video http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/3100/3109.html
Now why am I writing this ? Simply to let anyone know who has an interest in it as I do , know that there is some nice instruction and tools out there . I have no affiliation with them what so ever, I was just impressed and thought I would share 🙂
I will be showing them some in the show, but we will also be working at using the router and 1/16 bit to do some string and berry on the spice chest, but I used the excuse that these tools would make designing the spice chest doors and so forth much easier , I don’t know that it worked all that well, but I got the tools, 🙂
Well as I write this , I am getting ready to film this weeks show, have worked some on the spice chest inside’s , so time to show you , what we did and how we did it, , so guess I need to get another coffee and get to the business at hand, be safe !