Routing in wood is much like sketching with a pencil.  Each form let’s me render many wonderful and detailed designs, geometries, and shapes.  But the artwork will always remain a bit dull and colorless.  With my Rainbow Wood art series I tried to address this limitation.  But how to best add color to the inside of a wooden block?  The process ends up being a bit more complicated than putting paint to paper.

I start with thin layers of basswood, either 1/16th or 1/32nd inches thick.  These are dyed with a solution of isopropyl alcohol and dissolved water based dye for at least a full week to allow for proper penetration.  The thin dyed layers are glued together with a clear wood glue and clamped to let set for two days.  And finally, we have a colorful laminate!  Routing designs out of this material provides a new level of intricacy.  Different depths reveal different colors, but maintain the natural wood grain and texture.