Many woodwork intarsia patterns are supplied as paper plans – often on tracing paper – and if you search MSN, Yahoo or Google you will find a long list of designers and producers. More recently however a number of people have started suppling them digitally – a method pioneered by Intarsia Designs just over four years ago.
This digital supply method has several advantages. Woodworkers can now get their intarsia pattern virtually instantly rather than waiting for the mail. They also pay less as there are no postal or packing charges. This has been particularly useful for intarsia artists outside the US/Canada where post costs could be two or three times the cost of the actual intarsia plan itself!
Downloadable intarsia patterns are also easier for wood workers to store – just a small file on your PC. Another important point to consider is convenience. With a digital intarsia plan you don’t need to keep popping to the copy shop – you can just print another and be in the workshop a couple of minutes later. Same thing applies if you spill coffee or your favorite finish on it – just print another – no problem!
This digital delivery has now gone a stage further – a natural progression if you think about it - with the production of the first digitally delivered book, The Complete Intarsia Manual, which has apparently proven very popular with intarsia artists of all levels from all over the world. Others are bound to follow and I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything.
As mentioned above woodworkers have a wealth of intarsia plan suppliers to choose from - too many to list here. We will however mention the two we know of who provide downloadable plans - the aforementioned Intarsia Designs and Fantastic Woodworking.com. Both are to be recommended if you're looking for a convenient way to get your wood working plan supplies.