Ron Gold is a former news anchorman and television executive with a passion for the art of intarsia. He and his wife relocated from Malibu, CA to Southport, NC where he now has his wood working studio.
Dating from fifteenth century Italy, intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses various shapes, sizes and species of wood fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an illusion of depth.
Intarsia is created through the selection of different types of wood, using their natural grain pattern and color to create variations in the pattern or picture.
After selecting the specific woods to be used within the pattern, the artist cuts, shapes and finishes each piece individually. Sometimes areas of the pattern are raised to create more depth. Once the individual pieces are complete they are fitted together and glued to a wood backing.