In the first segment I covered a few months work to the point of assembled top marquetry. Things will slow down dramatically now as you will be up to date with my progress. Usually all the shading is done after cutting but this piece has a little twist. I noticed when I studied the high resolution representation of the original appearance that the feature Tulip and several other flowers actually used subtly different veneers to imply light and shadow. A closer examination of the article in...
My latest project will be a set of four boxes that may be used for collectables, silverware, or jewellery. They will feature the marquetry tops and parquetry sides of an iconic Jean François Oeben mechanical table. Because I am cutting the marquetry in piece by piece technique, I will be getting four identical copies. All the veneer is 1/16” (1.5 mm) and is either shop sawn or from my Paris stock. As I have detailed this process before, I will move quickly through the steps covered s...
In this part I am cutting in the leaves, then I will get into the butterfly. I didn’t have a pattern for the complete picture on paper, the picture was in my head. I drew in the branches w/thorns and using the window method cut and laid them in to the weave (carefully). Window for half of one done. Moving along. Working on the last leaf. That one is done. Now the odds and ends pieces of the leaves and on to the butterfly. One thing I should ha...
In the following drawing the book “The Marquetry Manual” by William A. Lincoln tells you the window method is done by starting with the farthest piece in the background. This would be #1 in the top drawing. Instead of following the lines in the drawing drawing when you come to an adjoining piece you over cut (dotted lines) into the adjoining piece. Put glue all the way around it, with a tooth pic, I put my glue in aplastic coffee can lid. Wait for the glue to dry then draw or t...
I had never done a basketweave before so this is the process I came up with. At first it was one of those trial and error things, I’m sure we have all done this. I covered the inside and outside so I had to have 10 panels. A time consuming process, but I would do it again. In this picture I am shading both ends of the pieces. I do enough to make 2 or 3 rows. I put 5 or 6 pieces in and by the time I get the last one in the sand the first one is ready to be turned or taken o...
About a year and a half ago I got a picture in my head of a box with basketweave, white roses and a tiger swallowtail. After a few days sketching and different ideas I came up with a design. This blog will show how I did the marquetry for this box. I did not take pictures while building the box, the marquetry was my main priority. I wanted it to look like something that was made to be used, not fancy, utilitarian, etc. The white oak for the box frame came out of a 100+ year old barn co...
It’s been a quite a long haul getting all the bugs worked out but the first CNC cut chevy was delivered yesterday and the next three are ready to go. The plan here was to give my students an affordable choice to custom made hardwood “fine furniture” or alternatively an easier home build. I am pleased with the results and I am sure that this will lead to more people experiencing this tool and the fine work that it can do. I have built in arm height adjustment over a range of ...
Fall classes are rolling around in a few weeks and there’s something new. I now have students who have enough experience to benefit from a piece by piece class and two will be taking advantage this September. This means that I have to prepare a palette of colours, grain patterns, and species of veneer in packets of four for them to design their pieces around.Today, I selected and cut thirty-five packets complete with backers (no front “wasters” on piece by piece packets). To...
I have finally finished the build blog to go along with the plywood chevalet. I only covers the plywood parts as the rest is covered in my original blogs hosted here. This time I have decided to host the build blog on the CSFM website and it was just too much work to do twice....sorry. Anyone interested can find it here: http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/blog.html Thanks for looking.
The plywood version of my chevalet design is officially a success. It cuts really nicely, is solid as a rock, and can be put together considerably more economically than a solid wood model and with less woodworking experience. ...... but it looks like plywood. :-( Well it did until today anyway. The new owner of the prototype ( one of my recent students, Kendra) came over today and made a very good start on hammer veneering it with some pretty 1/16” mahogany. She hadn’t done a...
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