Bill Started Doing Intarsia about 25 years ago when he was working a full time job, & living in Omemee Ontario. He retired about 13 years ago and at that time started doing much more Intarsia.
About 9 years ago he moved to Lindsay Ontario to a smaller house and lot, and therefore much less upkeep work to be done. (more time for woodworking)
Bill has a wide range of subject matter, and it is forever expanding. He has recently (past 3 years or so) started doing fret work and 3-D ornaments. This is to have a different type of work to do so as to not be doing the same old things all of the time. Much of his work can be seen here at the Fenelon Station Gallery and all of it can be seen on his web site.
Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses varied shapes, and sizes, and species of wood, that are fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with the illusion of depth. Intarsia is created through the selection of different types of wood, using their natural Grain pattern and colour (but can involve the use of stains and dyes) to create variations in the pattern. After selecting the specific woods to be used within the pattern, each piece is then individually cut, shaped, and finished. Sometimes areas of the pattern are raised or lowered to create more depth. (this raising and lowering happens with almost all of Bill Dopson’s pieces) Once the individual pieces are completed they are fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and are glued to a backing, which is sometimes cut to the outline shape of the image.
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