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Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make Barber Pole Banding

Wood Inlay Banding – The Barber Pole Pattern


“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
Michaelangelo…Italian Renaissance Painter, Sculptor, Architect, and Engineer (1475-1564)

Classic Wood Inlay Banding

A classic wood inlay banding pattern is the Barber Pole pattern. The core of the wood inlay banding package has a component of alternating wood tones that is cut on a 45 degree angle and is sandwiched by the top and bottom outer layers. The wood inlay banding pattern has a similarity to the fixture or sign that may be seen at the entrance of a barber’s shop.


Learn all about the details of How to create Barber Pole wood inlay banding.


Check out the Buffard Freres…The 1926 Wood Inlay Banding Catalog.


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Vicenzo, an avid viewer from Palermo, Italy inquired about how to make Barber Pole wood inlay banding after the posting of  Creating your own Wood Inlay Bandings…The Secrets Revealed. At the time my friend Vicenzo requested a video of the techniques used to make wooden inlays of this banding pattern. So, here it is. Enjoy the wood craft of making decorative wood inlay banding!


Also, many thanks to the many other Italian woodworkers who are following and enjoying the wood inlay veneer tutorials. Grazie a voi i miei amici italiani. Ecco il rinascimento prossimo.

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  1. Great job / Video / Instructions!

    Thank you very much!

  2. Thank you Joe! Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Vincenzo says

    Bob, you were fantastic! You’ve created a truly original banding barber pole.
    We are truly grateful for this video that helps me to learn more.
    Obviously I’m glad that you love our Rinascimento. A historical period of great splendor for art,

  4. Vincenzo,

    It’s great to share an interest of wood inlay bandings with you. My hope is that you find the video helpful when creating your own inlay bandings. Yes, I am very interested in the art of the Italian Rennaisance. I look forward to visiting Italy soon so that I can witness the masterpieces that your country offers. Many thanks, Bob.

  5. Harvey Beberman says

    At last I found you. I have been fascinated with inlay for many years and you explained it in a way that makes it doable. Thank you very much. Best Regards, Harvey

  6. Harvey,

    Thanks for the feedback. My goal is to simplify the process of creating wood inlay bandings in the woodworking shop so that interested woodworkers like yourself can easily follow along & understand.

    As you may already know, there is little information readily available for the lost art making wood inlay bandings. My goal is to make my videos and writings free for anyone who appreciates the craft of making decorative wood inlay bandings. It is a good idea to watch the videos repeatedly so that the process becomes embedded. The writings will provide you with further details as well.

    Let me know how it works out for you.

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