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Don Watschke of Osakis created this rendition of The Last Supper using a woodworking technique called intarsia. Approximately 800 pieces of wood were used, each piece cut, sanded and assembled by hand. Watschke said he's not sure if he'll keep it, give it to a local church or sell it. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)

Stunning intricacies of intarsia

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Piece by piece, Don Watschke of Osakis is mastering a uniquely intricate hobby. "To me, it's like a big puzzle," he said.

Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses small, individually cut pieces of wood assembled to create an image - much like a wooden mosaic. A variety of woods is used to create color, depth and texture.


What's particularly unique about Watschke's hobby is his latest project - an intarsia depiction of Leonardo da Vinci's painting, The Last Supper.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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