I’m a huge fan of several intarsia artists, although I haven’t ventured into it myself. Woodturning is my personal passion. Intarsia is basically just wood inlay, but the twist is in wood color choices and aligning the grain to create a three dimensional effect from a two dimensional object.
I think the Glowforge could be a wonderful tool for intarsia artists. The only limiting factor would be that some oily woods don’t cut well with lasers. That could mean that some of the darker woods would still have to be cut with a scroll saw.
I have done lots of intarsia and plan to use the GF to cut my pieces. Intarsia is very rewarding to do plus you get to learn about lots of different types of wood. I don’t color any of my intarsia and only rely on the wood color and grain pattern.
The hardest part of intarsia is cutting out the pieces so they will fit. The laser should be able to easily do that. The fun part is shaping the pieces and pining out the different woods. Being able to see the wood on your computer when positioning your cuts is an added bonus.