On this picture, you will see the drawing of the calla lily. I first find an image of a flower that I want. I then enter that image into a program called "BigPrint". This program allows me to size the picture to what ever I want. The program also will wash out all of the color when printing to save ink. In this case, I did three flowers and traced them one at a time into the position that was pleasing to me. The wood that you see is placed under the tracing paper and the start of the flower drawn on the wood. As each piece is finished, a second...third..etc is added. If you look closely at the wood, you will see five different pieces of wood that begin the right flower. I am getting faster, but making the flower and inlaying the flowers took about 6 hours.
I used maple (Acer Saccharum), soft maple Acer rubrum), some yellow stuff (?) bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei), and Honduran red heart (Meoma ventricosa).
This is the top for a sewing cabinet that I am doing for a friend. More pictures to follow after completion.
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.