About a year and a half ago I got a picture in my head of a box with basketweave, white roses and a tiger swallowtail. After a few days sketching and different ideas I came up with a design. This blog will show how I did the marquetry for this box. I did not take pictures while building the box, the marquetry was my main priority.
I wanted it to look like something that was made to be used, not fancy, utilitarian, etc. The white oak for the box frame came out of a 100+ year old barn complete with worm holes. I put these in front.
I have never done a blog before so I hope I do this right. Any and all comments are welcome, if you see something I could have done different or better please post it.
Cutting the strips for the horizontal pieces. The qood is beli awora from Africa.
This is the jig I made for cutting the pieces to length.
Checking the measurement before I start cutting.
I stack 6 strips and tape the trailing end to keep straight.
In this pic I am cutting the stack. Notice I cut an angle on the outside corner of the stop. I did this so the pieces would pivot as each one was cut through. the second piece in the stack will slide under the top piece and so on. If I cut to fast they get out of order.
Now you can see why I want them in the same order they were cut. By doing this the strip will look like one continuous piece going across the basket.
Note: I make the vertical in the same way.
In the next blog I will cover assembling the weave.
-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle