Wood Intarsia by Oleg Pankov. Russian craftsman Oleg Pankov was born March 16, 1968 in the city of Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Moscow region. The artist doesn’t have his website, and not much is known about him, expect that he creates beautiful mosaics of wood of different types and colors. This technique of wood working is Intarsia – cutting pieces from separate parts of wood and joining them together. The word ‘intarsia’ is derived from the Latin word ‘interserere’ which means “to insert”.
Intarsia is created through the selection of different types of wood, using their natural grain pattern and color to create variations in the pattern. After selecting the specific woods to be used within the pattern, each piece is then individually cut, shaped, and finished. Sometimes areas of the pattern are raised to create more depth. Once the individual pieces are complete, they are fitted together like a jig-saw puzzle and glued to wood backing which is sometimes cut to the outline shape of the image.