20 January 2015
Tucked away on Haden Martin Road is a studio where Fluvanna resident David Durovy works meticulously to create unique wooden art called intarsia.
What started as marquetry, an inlaid form of working with wood, became a new form of art when Durovy’s teacher and intarsia developer Judy Gale Roberts began pulling the designs outward into three dimensions.
“If you’re looking at the image, whatever would be closest to you should be built up,” Durovy explained. “Roberts developed a practice of layering the pieces so they come out in a three-dimensional way.”
Carefully selecting different types of wood for their specific colors, Durovy creates his intarsia without the use of stains. In his rose piece, for example, he used darker and lighter bits of western red cedar with white accents of aspen. He lines up each piece of the pattern with the grain of the wood so that the grain contributes to the three-dimensional feel as it pushes outward. Sometimes he takes an extra step and uses a grinding wheel to make impressions in the wood, such as the fur-like texture on his deer piece.
When Durovy’s wife and daughters sent him to the Smoky Mountains two years ago to take Roberts’ class, he immediately clicked with the art form. “I found I was really quite good at it,” he said.