I’ve taken a few marquetry seminars at Lee Valley and found it quite interesting. I want to incorporate marquetry into more of my future projects.
This would be my first solo marquetry attempt.
I searched the internet for a picture of a trabocchi that I liked.
Then I elongated it to match the shape of the oar and used the pastel feature on photoshop to create the elongated version.
Next I copied a simplified version of the picture onto some tracing paper and used carbon paper to draw the pattern onto my veneers. I also made a few changes to the picture. I worked from the back of the image to the front, cutting out the farthest pieces first.
I feel I cheated a little bit by using blue dyed veneer for the sky and white dyed veneer for the clouds. That was not my original intention, but when I saw the veneer at my local Lee Valley I decided to go that route. I’m having second thoughts about that decision,
I cut the pattern using a fret saw and 4/0 blade using what I believe (from the books I was consulting) the double bevel method. I cut in a counter clockwise direction with the blade tilted in slightly, with the field on top and the insert on the bottom. I was amazed by the ability to cut very tiny pieces with good accuracy using this small blade. I only broke about eight blades for the whole picture.
The final picture was bordered in walnut and laminated to two other pieces of veneer with the grain crossed. It is a little more cartoonish looking than I would have preferred. I would have liked to have the rope look a little finer and need to search out a proper method to do this.
The chair itself is looking very good and in all honesty I am not happy with the marquetry result. I’m resisting applying the panel to the chair back. I think I will take a step back and try another version.
Any advice and suggestions are very much appreciated. Looking at the picture what type of woods would you recommend for the sky? As well what is the best way to do fine stringing to recreate rope? What would you recommend to get a more realistic (less cartoon like) look?
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario