Well, it’s over. my first course in French marquetry, level one, ended yesterday and the consensus is that we all learned a lot. The students learned about French marquetry and I learned about teaching French marquetry. Thank you Len, Kendra, and Phil. I could not have asked for better, more enthusiastic first students.The topics covered were the making of grease paper and assembly of packets, cutting on the chevalets, assembly of motifs, filling with mastic and finally pressing to a...
My first marquetry course starts tomorrow morning. I’ve been preparing for a couple of weeks and I think I’m as prepared as I could be. The classroom The textbooks The work areas Glue making, packet assembly and mounting board materials The packets for the first étude. They get a choice of colour combinations Hammer veneering materials Wish me luck! Thanks for looking Paul
Hello, I had to stop working on the boxes for 2 weeks as we had classes here at the American School of French Marquetry. Great group But I am back to work on them now. First of all, all the banding is done.They are composed on 2 bone and an ebony string inlay plus an ebony band. The edges of the top are veneered with ebony first Then I cut with a veneer saw the inside marquetry to size and instal the banding The same is done for the sides It is...
This larger marquetry has been quite the challenge. I’ve been pushing really hard to make the delivery date, it looks like I’m still going to be a week or two longer than expected. The next steps are bending the solid ebony inlays, then routing & inlaying them into the top. Then bending and gluing on the solid mahogany top edges, Then I’m off to the finishing booth. I haven’t had any spare time to hang out on LJ’s which I still love to do. Thank you for...
Last time I posted I had glued down the boxes bodies with the inside already french polished I worked on gluing the marquetry panels to the trimmed to size lid My favorite moment is when you see it glued down right way up for the first time, it appears slowly while you remove the paper This glueing of the marquetry on both side had to be precise has they had to be perfectly centered as well as the right way up as when you open the box the owner will appreciate to g...
For the marquetry I needed to figure out a few obstacles before starting the real marquetry for the top. This practice piece is 23” wide x 33” long, this ellipse is much smaller then the top at 60” x 80” The practice piece I simplified the design down to just one tree with the sky, grass, bank, sand, and water. So far it has taken me about three weeks to finally get to this stage and finishing the practice piece. Finding the right veneers and almost redrawi...
Having had my “road to Damascus” moment, the realisation dawned on me that although I had just had a world beating business idea; I in fact had absolutely no way in which to achieve its fruition. After all, here was I with no tools at all, other than a very worn Phillips screwdriver, a decrepit claw hammer, a knock-off 12mm Marples “blue” bevelled chisel (with sides that could only be described as having been ground using the kerb) and a rather cheap and nasty ¼” drive socket set missing the ...
Where to start? At the beginning I suppose. Well, not the very beginning as that would entail going all the way back to a rather dreary wet Tuesday afternoon (and it was, I’ve checked) in an equally dreary and dank tenement building in Glasgow in 1968. For you dear reader I think perhaps that that may be a little too far and not very interesting and it would also be definitely far off the mark, as far as the subject of this tome to come is concerned, as could be. So, I guess I will begin s...
I spent the day with Paul Miller yesterday and got my first taste of Boulle Marquetry. I have been interested in marquetry for about 4 years now. This was a huge learning experience. The Chevalet was very intuitive to use. I found it pretty easy to stay dead on the lines (this speaks more to the fact that this was a simple exercise and an excellent tool than any kind of skill I might possess, those tiny details in the coyotes tail were the most difficult part to cut). Sand shading and ...
I have been carry on working on the boxes with a 2 weeks pause for our february teaching session at the American School of French Marquetry. Great class, here are some pictures More here Anyway. Before the class started I had to finish the inside of the boxes with French Polish, before the room was taken over by the students. There is different way of holding the pieces with nails bent in places Or with small wood blocks I like to have it lay out...
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