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Blog entry by Gene Howe posted 02-15-2011 at 09:12 AM 3462 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let’s see, the weather was OUTSTANDING! The Gem and Mineral show was HUGE, fun and interesting. I found a few nice pieces of Lapis Lazuli for inalys.

Spent most of the time was spent hanging out with our son and his SO. But, I took a side trip to see Bryant, AKA Mesquiteman, a fellow LJ. He has a lot of AWSOME wood. His mesquite selection is huge, varied, and oh, so enticing. Mesquite burls, huge slabs, book matched flitches, straight grained and wild, the possibilities boggle the mind. He also has some Claro Walnut to die for, that he cut from one monstrous log. And, he has some mighty fine Juniper slabs, too. He has one quite large piece of Desert Ironwood that is worth the trip to just see it. Don’t try to buy it, though. He calls it his “Pride and Joy”. I’ve been to some of the shops in Mexico and seen lots of Iron wood, but I’ve never seen a piece this large before.
If any of you are planning to be in the area, you must contact him and arrange to visit. Well worth your time. Take money, you won’t be able to resist bringing some home! I succumbed, so will you. And, Bryant is just one heckuva nice guy, to boot.

Another highpoint of our trip was getting to spend some time with fellow LJs Richard, AKA Dusty, and Paul, AKA. Shipwright. Dusty/Richard is a long time resident of The Old Pueblo and Paul winters just south of there in Green Valley. All three of us are Shopsmith owners/users.
Dusty is contemplating embarking on a few furniture projects for his daughters. They should be really nice and I hope he shows us his creations.
Paul is about to build an old French designed, manually operated marguetry cutter that will give him more precision in his designs. I don’t see a darned thing wrong with his scroll saw work, though. I’ll leave it to Paul to describe and title the machine, as it’s French and, even the pronunciation is beyond my unskilled tongue.
We had only an hour or so to spend together but that hour was some quality time that my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. We hope to get together again for maybe a shop session.

Living in such a remote area as we do, I don’t often get to meet and talk with other woodworkers. This was a special treat for Phyllis and I.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton



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#1 posted 02-15-2011 at 09:22 AM

Thanks, Gene. It was nice to see you again too.

It’s a Chevalet de Marqueterie.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 at 09:39 AM

Thanks Paul. Ya think that Osage stick is sound enough to use?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 at 09:47 AM

I’ll let you know.
Here’s a look at the photos I’m working from. http://www.yannickchastang.com/tools/Marquetry+donkey/

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 at 10:01 AM

Wow!
That is quite a machine. A whole lot more complicated than I had imagined.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 at 10:42 AM

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip and a lot of fun. I’m glad it all went well and that you had a safe return.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 at 12:04 PM

It does indeed sound like a great trip, I always enjoy hearing about the meetings between LJs.

Shipwright, are you building it from the pictures alone?
I did some searching on the internet and found several pictures but was not able to find any plans or many measurements.
I decidedly could not afford to buy one!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 at 01:27 PM

Yes Dez, from the pictures and one short video. There’s a lot of mystique around these but when you get right down to it you sit here, a clamp that looks like this goes here like this, and the saw has to retrace it’s path exactly and be tunable for squareness to the packet of veneer. It’s really too simple to require plans, A remarkable device to be sure but like the wheel, once someone very clever invented it, almost anyone can copy it. Besides it is critical that it fits the body of the worker so plans would be more like guidelines anyway. I’ll post it and show details in a blog when I finish it.

Sorry Gene, no intent to hijack. If there are any more questions I’ll start the blog before I finish the build… It’s about 1/2 done anyway.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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