_But_ you need to either make your own, or prepare for some serious
shocks on the pricing. Most of these things are hand-made, pretty
much as one-offs and you're paying accordingly. A Holtey purfling
cutter is a joy to behold, but it ain't cheap...
There are cheap inlay tools around (try somewhere more musical) but
the quality of many of them is diabolical.
I'd suggest some basic metalworking (but I would, wouldn't I 8-) )
With the aid of a few "beyond hope" pre-war chisels or a bar of O-1
steel and the simplest of gas torches, you can grind and harden pretty
most all of the main tools.
Do you read late at night? Libraries are great sources
for books on our interests.
Tools: Freehand cutters can be made by taping a pair of
xacto knives together with a small spacer between, then
fitting them into a drilled dowel. The trick is plowing
out the material at a precise depth. Router bits do that,
or make your own mini #71/271 with a paper clip for narrow
David Marks did an advanced episode on wood inlay
complete with sand-shading the pieces. www.diynet.com
(No, I wasn't talking about the spice rack; it was the
serving tray.) I
FWW had an interesting article on epoxy inlay a few years back.
Inlay.com has the best online tutorial I've seen, a reprint
of an old 20th century book.
www.marquetry.org is another interesting site. I decided quite
a few years back that I didn't have the patience (and light
touch) to do marquetry. Those veneers are like balsa wood.
But I still like inlay, marquetry, and intarsia.
www.Intarsia.com might be of interest to you, too.
And don't forget Doug Stowes books. He's done one or two
inlays. ;) http://www.dougstowe.com
The more we gripe, * http://www.diversify.com/stees.html
the longer God makes us live. * Graphic Design - Humorous T-shirts
For fine straight line inlaying Michael Fortune made a
simple tool from a card scraper. Go here to see the tool,
the way it works and some info on making your own
line inlay strips.
Thank you, and Larry, for the resources! I'll start with something simple,
before moving to the Art Deco style things to which I aspire.
I go to these quilt shows with my wife, and come back with SO many ideas.
If I could just finish a project now and then.
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