Duane F. Martin
"Squam River Covered Bridge"

Duane F. Martin
"How Much is this Doggy?"

Duane F. Martin
"West Quoddy Head Lighthouse"

September Artist of the Month

Duane F. Martin

Exeter Fine Crafts is pleased to present Duane F. Martin as our September Artist of the Month. Specializing in Intarsia Art, a form of wood inlay, Duane uses a variety of hard and soft woods to create intricate landscapes, portraits, animals and other imagery.

Relying solely on the color and grain of the wood to enhance his images, Duane uses many different species of woods. Cutting out the shapes on a scroll saw, he sands, carves, incorporates wood burning techniques and individually finishes each piece before gluing them onto a backing board. The final result is not only a meticulously elaborate work of art, but also a piece that celebrates the natural beauty of the wood itself.

After retiring from the Southern California Edison Company in July 1996, culminating a 32-year career as an Electrical/Nuclear Engineer, Duane and his wife moved to NH to be closer to their children/grandchildren. Having always enjoyed working with wood, Duane built a shop in his basement where he created cabinets for his home and church. In 2006, an article in Wood Magazine inspired Duane to create an eagle using the pattern provided. That launched his intarsia journey.

A member of the League of NH Craftsmen, Duane’s work has been featured on NH Chronicle and in several exhibitions throughout the state. He has also won several awards over the years including: ScrollSaw Magazine Editor's Choice Awards for the “Best Intarsia Project” (2010) and “Best in Contest” (2011), and “Best in Wood” at the August 2016 Living with Craft Exhibition at the League of NH Sunapee Fair. In addition to creating, Duane also enjoys working with teachers in local schools to introduce the students and teachers to the intarsia process.

Please join us on Saturday, September 16th between 12 and 3 pm when Duane will be here to talk about his art work in intarsia. Exeter Fine Crafts is located at 61 Water Street in downtown Exeter. Stop by Monday through Saturday 10-5:30, or Sunday 12-4. Call 603-778-8282 for more information.

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