Furniture making #1: Treasure box series #2 - Inspiration and Design

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 05-03-2013 09:52 PM 3745 reads 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone.

I have been asked to post our progress in the shop on our works in the blog form.

I will try to post every time we will make progress.

So first of all, this project as our first series is based on an existing box, with the idea to produce it at the highest level and in the style of the period.

This picture have been reshaped to a square format using the skew option in photoshop. It can also be done with the free open source program Gimp.

The pictures are printed roughly laid out by hand then scanned back to the computer to have the drawing made using a vector program illustrator. It can be done using the free open source program inkscape. I can evidently do it by hand, but I like the use of illustrator for the following reason. Each line can be reworked to the intended result without having to redo the all drawing. I can print the line in different thickness and style, doted for example in one clic. The reason to print doted line is to reproduce the effect achieved with the picking machine, cutting dots permits a better precision in the cutting, I will develop that in another post later.

For those who have difficulty to choose the woods, here is a trick. If you save your design as a pdf you can open it in photoshop or gimp. Scan all your woods and add them to your library. Then you just the paint bucket to insert them inside your pieces lines and you can even create a shading effect with the gradient tool.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 05-03-2013 10:39 PM

What a master piece.

-- Billp

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#2 posted 05-04-2013 12:06 AM

Where do you get the patterns Patrice? I have been looking for one for a project I want to do but can not find ant at all. Do you do the drawing yourself?

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#3 posted 05-04-2013 12:25 AM

I think that’s how Boulle made his patterns, isn’t it Patrice? :-)
I know how hard you work to get every line exactly right and every negative space the right shape and in balance so I can fully understand the advantages of the computer assisted method.

Thanks for the blog.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 05-04-2013 12:52 PM

Great blog Patrice, It’s nice to see the process behind such a beautiful piece of work.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 05-04-2013 02:40 PM

I guess I need to read the post. Sorry I was in a rush on my way out when I saw it and ran my mouth. Thanks for the insight.
I just got Adobe PhotoShop Elements10, and Premiere 10 for video. I have GIMP and Inkscape but its been a challenge to learn it on my own.

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#6 posted 05-04-2013 03:39 PM

Very nice project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 05-04-2013 07:27 PM

Beautifully done box Patrick, a real masterpiece! I wonder what the knob on the right side is used for. I wondered if it locked the box onto another piece or something like that.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-04-2013 09:44 PM

Sandhill, the original was found on christie’s and sothbie’s. As for the previous series, it is mostly used to keep a layout, the details are to blurry to be used, so you have to create them. In Ramond’s book there is lot of examples of the different period marquetries. I am preparing a post on photoshop and illustrator, and will try to do the same for the gimp and inkscape.

Shipwright, one of the reason I use computer is the fact I use piece by piece. Before the treasure box all our design were hand made with very good result indeed and we could cary on that way, as there is in my opinion very little chance to do a very good original design by computer if you can not draw it by hand. Copying exactly an existing design with illustrator is very easy, but fore creating one even with a layout, I always start by hand. In this particular period the technique used was piece by piece, therefore the drawing did not had to be perfect and correction or differences or improvement could be made at the moment of cutting. Piece by piece does not allow it, if you draw a “parkinson” line, you have to cut it.
I sometime wonder if Boulle had a CNC or a laser cutter, what will He be doing.

Stephang, the knob on the right side is for a righting tray with a leather surface. We are ordering some writing material such as inkwell and parchment paper etc, so it will be a fully operational calligraphy station. i am waiting on the to see if we could add a secret compartment somewhere in there.

-- Patrice lejeune

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