Posts Tagged ‘Art And Craft’

Custom Inlay Inlace; Project – Sailboat

Custom Inlay Inlace; Project – Sailboat

An owner of a refurbished sailboat desired the finishing touch to bring his project to completion. Thus, I was commissioned to design, carve, and inlay inlace a visual image of the name of the boat, “ Humming Bird “, on  existing Teak doors.

What is Inlay Inlace?

Used primarily by artists, craftmen, and woodworkers, etc.., inlace is a brand of solid surface material quite similar to Corian. The Polylite clear casting resin, may be used as clear or mixed with a variety of colors and textures  ex. inlace nuggets, granules, metallic dusts, stones, flecks, metallic dyes, etc..

Note; because the main component is resin, after sealer or varnish is applied, the end product will be very durable, long lasting, retaining the vibrancy of colors.

The photo gallery below shows the progression of this task. Pay close attention to pic # 3 the    ‘undercutting ‘ carving which is done to secure the inlay by encouraging the inlay to  lock  into place.


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Custom Woodcrafted Heirloom Photo Display Box

Custom Carved Heirloom Photo Display Box







In America’s history, there has been an active interest in learning one’s genealogy and ancestors, as well as recording these via words, paintings / pictures; often displayed in custom woodcrafted heirloom boxes or frames.

There are many stories (the spirit of a single person, a single place, a particular occasion) woven together that have made and continues to make the most vibrant fabric of the American story.


Recounted By Mr. Thomas Johnson, the great, great grandson of Mr. Anthony Canavan … is such a story …..

Approximately 160 years ago the man in this picture, my great, great grandfather, Anthony Canavan, made the fateful decision to emigrate with his young family from County Mayo, Ireland to the Promised Land – The United States. He did it to avoid almost certain starvation from the Great Famine that was ravaging the Emerald Isle and causing a huge exodus of Irish to America.

According to  family lore, the passage across the Atlantic was rough with huge, rolling seas that caused part of the ship’s rigging to fall and blind his oldest son John in one eye (a fact that did not keep him from serving on the side of the Union in the Civil War years later). The ship eventually docked in Philadelphia where Canavan saw signs and placards warning “Irish and dogs keep of the grass.” A few years later the Canavan clan made its way west to Kankakee, Illinois where Anthony bought a farm and from which late one autumn night in 1871 he saw the northern skyline turned into an unearthly crimson hue — the Great Chicago Fire.

This picture, taken during the last year of his life in 1890, captures the determination and grit that emboldened Canavan to cross an ocean and forge a new life in a foreign country. The photo and a funeral prayer card are beautifully presented and preserved in a one – of – a – kind custom – made frame by Uri Misrachi with images of a farm and a plow carved into each side.

It seems only fitting that Uri, himself an immigrant to America, took on the job of creating this beautiful frame – an heirloom to be passed down to future generations – of the original immigrant of our family. We think Anthony Canavan would be well pleased.

Gallary: step by step


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Custom wood carved plaque to commemorate the ‘Summer of Color 2010’

Custom carved plaque by ‘Uri Misrachi’

Looking back, the months of preparation for the ‘Summer of Color 2010’ were exciting. Both the volunteers and professionals worked hard in preparation and installation. Tourists and residents alike were dazzled. Now sadly, the colors will fade…..

To ensure the memory lingers, I decided to custom design and carve a wooden plaque to remind and delight the Massey Bros. Surprised, the Massey Bros., were grateful to receive this plaque.      

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Gunstock and Pistol Grip Carving Made Easy with Light Table


Thanks for the intro Chip……

Why does a Gunstock carver need a light table? Oftentimes a pistol grip requires a mirror image drawing. It is a especially useful for custom design patterns; as well as for accuracy, time saving and copying from existing photos or patterns.

While a light table is certainly available in most Art and Craft  stores, it is more fun to build one. In addition, one is able to build it to their own need and size. For instance, a sign maker and/or graphic artist may require a bigger size opposed to a gunstock and pistol grip carver who may  require a smaller size.

I decided to build my light table to accommodate for a standard 24″ flourescent light. This will not be weightly making it easier to carry from one station to another.

Following is a sketch and list of materials. (This worked for me. I kept it simple and practical. Someone else may chose to build a box with fancy joinery or miders).

As a reminder, before going out to purchase the material, don’t hesitate to see what may be available to you in your garage or amongst leftovers. Don’t be afraid to improvise if necessary.

According to Plan Details:

1. build a box with a 1×6 (may be pine or poplar); use glue in the joinery and screws or finish nails to fasten it (a finish nail gun can make life easier).

2. insert 1×1 wood strip flush with the  bottom of the box (with glue and finish nails).

3. cut 1/2″ plywood, glue and nail over 1×1 wood strip.

4. install 3/4″ x 3/8″ moulding – 1/4″ below top rim all around to accommodate for 1/4″ frosted glass.

5. drill (4) 2″ holes to accommodate for 4 vents for air circulation and cooling.

6. install (4) 1×1 corner moulding in all 4 corners to cover joinery and screws/nails.

7. cut opening for switch and 1/2″ hole in center 1/2″ below top to enable you to pop up the glass for maintance (a pencil with an eraser is ideal for this task).

At this stage paint interior and exterior of box (preferable with semi-gloss enamel finish).

8. after paint dries, install (2) 24″ flourescent units (includes switch, cord and plug).

9. install trim: 4 bumpers, 2 handles, glue (4) 2″ vents (with construction adhesive).

10. insert self-adhesive foam on 3/4″ top moulding to accommodate for cushioning glass.

11. install 4 small brackets to secure glass flush with top rim.

I will be glad to field any questions and receive notes and pictures of success.


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