Neil Lamens interviews famed marquetuer Silas Kopf

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Blog entry by David posted 11-13-2008 07:44 AM 2694 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This entry is a quick heads up regarding another great video interview by Neil Lamens.

Neil & Gigi recently went on a road trip to East Hampton, MA to visit the famed marquetuer Silas Kopf. During the video interview, Silas made of a tulip that Neil “wove” in and out of the discussion. Silas took Neil on a shop tour and introduced us right hand and cabinetmaker Tom Coughlin. While discussing a current cabinet in production, Neil and Silas talk about traveling to visit historical objects for inspiration.

If you enjoyed Neil’s Wendell Castle interview ( Part I and Part II ) then you won’t be disappointed!

Silas has written a book titled A Marquetry Odyssey, that has a place in the woodworkers library and also the coffee table to enlighten those who visit.

I think you will all agree with Neil’s sentiment that ”a podcast doesn’t get much better than this!!”

Silas Kopf Book Cover


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#1 posted 11-13-2008 10:27 AM

This is awesome. Thank you for sharing this video with us. I wasn’t able to sit through the whole thing tonight but I’m going to tomorrow for sure.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#2 posted 11-13-2008 03:08 PM

Tres bien mon ami. What an extremely talented and totally cool dude.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#3 posted 11-13-2008 03:23 PM

Thanks very much David.
I have a renewed respect for this style of craftmanship.
This video set a new standard for teaching the art of wood.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 11-13-2008 05:00 PM

Thanks for posting this, I loved it and this man’s work, wow, it is just beautiful.

I was a little lost in parts since I have no experience setting up or using a table saw. I don’t know how to set up a table saw to bevel angles so pieces fit together or why the bevel would be double going one way and not the other. Can someone explain this to me?


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#5 posted 11-13-2008 11:42 PM

Nice. I have a signed copy of his book, A Marquetry Odyssey. I’ve read it twice already. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 11-14-2008 01:27 AM

Thanks David. Watching an artist do this makes it look sooooo easy. For one who is just starting out in marquetry, it makes me want to ask for “eye hand coordination” again this year.
PS I asked for and got “fine motor skills” last Christmas…

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#7 posted 11-14-2008 11:35 AM

Thanks for posting the link – a very imformative video – so simple when you are shown by a master.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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