I have been back full time on our boxes for over a week now so I have some progress to report.
I have been selecting veneer out of our veneer cellar for the ebony background.
From the experience of the previous series I paperbacked the ebony as it is a very brittle wood. Better be safe than sorry
Then built the packs in 4 layers without forgetting the grease paper, one of my specialty in the mistake department. Teaching marquetry has been a great help as by reminding the students to not forget it, it seems I myself stopped forgetting to insert it.
When the packs are made I glue the design on
another lesson from the previous series is to drill the packs for the nails. So on this project I used red for the bridges, to be really visible, blue for the nails and a red dot for the entry points.
Next step is to cut the background on the chevy. Ebony is really tough on the blades, very abrasive.
I am cutting all the line away because I really do not want to have to trim the ebony, which may happen if I am to greedy for precision.
Everything is kept inside the pack with tape to keep the integrity of the pack and avoid breaking any piece of the fragile background.
When I am done cutting I remove the tape and carefully remove the plugs of waste.
Then I open the pack layer by layer. I keep the rest pressed at all time to avoid hygrometric variations, as I said before, I really do not want to have to trim my ebony. Also everything is kept in a tray as precaution until I am done incrusting a panel, you sometime do not know right away if you have broken a piece.
16 marquetry panels, some of them are on the other side of the assembly boards, 4 times 4 sides.
I am still missing my green bones. I have not found yet a good recipe. If anyone knows a good way I will be really grateful, it does not seem to want to go all the way through… I am currently testing another recipe.
An I really like some of Patrick choices for the color palette, I think we improved from the first series, we always learn.
Next step, cutting the tops backgrounds and this is going to be a really difficult job. But I will post next week on it, hopefully, if I do not mess up.
In yellow, the bone element, in green the green bone leaves and in blue the isolated background elements that I have to bridge in place and carefully keep.
This is a really exiting project
-- Patrice lejeune