I just completed Stage 1: Boulle at American School of French Marquetry with Shipwright (Paul) in San Diego where we studied under the undisputed authority in this field Patrick Edwards. Patrick and his staff did a wonderful job of hosting us, and we learned a tremendous amount about what we were doing right, and mostly about what we were doing wrong.
Given that we already had experience working with the Chevalet, we thought that it would be possible to skip ahead to some of the more difficult projects, but Patrick has a very specific set of exercises planned in the curriculum which emphasize the method and which the exercises do a great job of demonstrating. There were certainly lots of opportunity for us to learn!
For anyone interested, we took a short video of me using one of the Chevalet’s in the class.
I can’t emphasize how much I took away from the class, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in elevating their skill and understanding of this art to a whole new level.
-- You either think you can, or think you can't. Either way you are right. Henry Ford