About Mark & Intarsia
Professionally, Mark Gifford is a design engineer for Conn-Selmer where he provides vision and expertise to create musical instruments. As an Intarsia artist, Mark began working in wood nearly 15 years ago and uses his engineering skills to transform quality hardwoods into beautiful pieces of art.
Always a hobbyist, Mark got his start in the arts thanks to his grandmother, Donna Khoenle. Donna taught Mark the art of cross stitch and Mark’s interest grew from there. In fact, Mark graphed out the flags from every country around the world and then cross stitched them himself.
Trained as a professional musician (French Horn), Mark was driving home from an orchestra concert when he decided to pursue woodworking. From building his daughter’s crib to narrowing his focus to the artform of Intarsia, Mark continues his love of learning and design work.
What is Intarsia Art?
Intarsia art is created by selecting different types of wood, using its natural grain colors and patterns to create the different colors in each pattern. Each piece of wood is then individually cut using a scroll saw, then shaped and sanded before fitting the pieces together like a puzzle and securing them to another piece of wood.