y interest in woodworking has a lot to do with wood itself, which offers a stunning variety of colors, different cutting and shaping abilities, and a wide range of tactile qualities. In the beginning of my career I explored these properties by making lap dulcimers and guitars, incorporating a good amount of inlay. With holiday gift-making being a tradition of mine, I once made a stand-up serpent puzzle for my nephew. It was the start of a new career and what I sometimes consider an obsession.
My earliest puzzles were only nicely colored and figured slabs of wood, cut into somewhat undefined pieces and then framed...>