I am trying to improve my inlay skills. I saw a jewelry box with a branch that stood proud of the box. I went into the neighborhood and took pictures of branches that I liked and then transferred the patterns to the wood. I then cut the pattern. The pattern piece is thicker than the wood that the branch is laid into so this allows the branch to stand proud. This is not yet glued into the back ground but will be on Monday. After gluing, then the wood is shaped using a high speed (320,000 rpm) tool. This will allow me to give some depth to the branch. This is a practice piece, but I will use it on the scissor light that can be seen in an earlier blog entry.
My common name is McKay Sleight. Moku means wood, saku means to make, and sensei is teacher. I taught woodworking for 31 years. I retired in May of 2010. Before teaching, I worked as a mortician, insulation installer and coca cola delivery. I lived in Japan for 2 years and still speak a little after 40 years. I received my masters of education degree in 1984. I have six children, the oldest of which is a Doctor of Nurse practitioner. The second is an amazing young mom that works with handicapped adults. # 3 graduated in radiation technology and has an amazing wife that will put up with him. #4 has one little girl and a cute little boy. #5 is working at two jobs and is going to school for EMT and firefighting. #6 is married, and graduated in 2011 as a med. assistant. She loves her job.