(Inlay on Wood)
Inlay-on-Wood is the extraordinary art of creating artistic images by inlaying small pieces of deliberately selected materials on a wood surface. The artist consciously selects the materials (mainly various types of wood) by their natural grain and color, and depending on the image that he is to create.

Based on the design of the work, materials are elaborately sawed or cut into miniature, yet thick pieces, and delicately placed together in an artistic manner. To emboss the work, artist utilizes hand-held pulverizing instruments to wear away the unwanted thickness from each single piece. The work is finally finished with fine application of dyed polyester to provide stability and durability of the work.

Mastering this art requires hard work, knowledge, patience and love along with talent, creativity and expertise. However it is only love that can put all these together.
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An Embossed Inlay-on-Wood Masterpiece by

About this artwork

"Tiger" is a distinct work of the artist in which he introduced the embossment of Inlays. The 3D effect of the work has provided the natural dignity that a tiger carries. Among all, perhaps the most interesting part of this artwork is the eyes, which has made the "Tiger" look alive.

The brown background of the work is made of an artistic mixture of dyed polyester, called "wind & cloud". This technique is used to enhance the work with a dreamy atmosphere, while brightening the main subject.

Like all other masterpieces, the "Tiger" is unique. The very nature of creating masterpieces will in no way allow exact reproduction of the work, even for the artist himself.

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Materials Used
  • Body: Woods from light pearl and dark walnut.
  • Neck: Red and bright pearl for the top, white walnut and honey locust for the bottom.
  • Face: Red pearl, red jujube, young pink keikum, pink fig, white walnut and sour orange.
  • Around eyes: Yellow box tree, brown keikum.
  • Eyeballs: Dyed polyester with brown pearl used for pupil.
  • Whiskers: Fish bones.
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