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Inlay Yoga Block

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:16 am
by llwood
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My sweetie, the yoga teacher, wanted a wooden yoga block. A yoga block is used the support the weight of some part of the body to moderate the stretch. For example, in a pose, if you can't touch the floor without putting too much strain on a muscle, you touch the yoga block instead. And you can orient the yoga block differently to create different heights.

I suggested some carving on the block, but she didn't want it textured. Since you're putting weight on it, she preferred it be completely flat. Therefore, I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn how to do inlays, and this is our first inlay project.

Each side of the yoga block has an inlay of my sweetie doing a different yoga pose, based on pictures I took of her. Each inlay is a different wood: walnut, cherry, mahogany, and purpleheart. The cherry isn't as much of a contrast as we hoped it would be, but the fact that the grain is going a different direction sets it off a little more.

Design by Andy, Cutting and finishing by Marty
Locust Lane Woodworking

Re: Inlay Yoga Block

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:26 am
by rscrawford
Very nice. Excellent use of inlays. I like how you grain matched the box. Did you use a folding mitre joinery?

Re: Inlay Yoga Block

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:49 am
by rsetina
That's a beautiful job of inlay. It's something I'd like to try one of these days very soon. I think an inlay would look great on one of my fly boxes.

Re: Inlay Yoga Block

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:09 pm
by llwood
Thanks, guys. And Russel, there was no joinery used. The block is a solid block of ash with the inlays glued in.


Re: Inlay Yoga Block

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:45 am
by miopicman
Very nice job. It has given me some good ideas for some spare 3 x 2 offcuts I was wondering what to do with. Thanks