Lath art

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Lath art is a woodworking folk art that uses strips of lath from "lath and plaster" walls to create a rustic picture. Although lath is the traditional material used, you'll find fishermen using old lobster traps whereas more contemporary artists may use lattice or lumber stickers.

Lath art is similar to marquetry in that you use various shapes of wood to create a picture. Where marquetry relies on wood grain and color to define a picture, lath art relies on the position and direction of the lath strips to define detail and space. Each strip is cut into sections with the scroll saw, individually colored with stain or paint, then re-assembled to create the finished picture.

Lath art is appreciated for its primitive, folk art style. While subject matter may vary, nautical and rural themes tend to be the most popular.


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