My blog consists of all things wooden and engineering, as my career as an mechanical design engineer was coming to a decided end and the far eastern mechanisation was looming and removing ones ability to stay in the arena, I decided it was time to make a few new directions in life. Those directions were to gather as many of the traditional skills as possible before the starvation of the hand to eye coordination that was now driving those hands dissapeared before our very eyes. Having al...
At last I have photos to describe one more saw cutting marquetry style. I’m new to this one and didn’t feel up to trying to describe it without good photos. The “Painting in Wood” style of marquetry cutting dates to early 17th century France and gets its name from the relationship of the typical subject material to the work of the painters of the period. The brightly colored baskets of fruit and flowers typical of many pieces of this period are examples of this styl...
Charles Rohlfs Oak Desk, Stickley Ellis Table & Iconic Crafts, Nelson Atkins Art Gallery Kansas City
Wow! I made it, I finally made it, and oh what a surprise to find a museum with Iconic Furniture pieces intermixed with a lot of European, Asian, Native American, Egyptian, and some strange Contemporary Stuff that someone else calls “art”. ————————- WARNING: If you are easily offended by my silly notions of what looks good and is well built, please don’t read any farther. I’m just giving my opinions, that is what ...
I just completed Stage 1: Boulle at American School of French Marquetry with Shipwright (Paul) in San Diego where we studied under the undisputed authority in this field Patrick Edwards. Patrick and his staff did a wonderful job of hosting us, and we learned a tremendous amount about what we were doing right, and mostly about what we were doing wrong. Given that we already had experience working with the Chevalet, we thought that it would be possible to skip ahead to some of the more diffi...
My marquetry work, “Seminal peace”, has been selected to be included in ”The Peace Project 2011”, an exhibit and fund-raising event. All net proceeds from sales of The Peace Project artwork and related products will be used in Sierra Leone to provide healthcare – providing 10,000 pairs of crutches and mobility devices to everyone in need throughout this entire post-conflict country. http://thepeaceproject.com/operation-rise.php Participating galleries include Gallery ...
With a lot of help and inspiration from fellow Lumberjock Shipwright, I recently completed my own chevalet de marqueterie. I took a lot of pictures to document the build, and I will be posting a blog series on that topic soon. In this blog I will share my progress as I learn to use this the new tool. A scan from Lawrence Threadgold’s book Beginning Picture Marquetry shows what I will hopefully end up with. The artistic process begins with the selection of the veneer. Included in ...
I did not want a classical framework for my latest miniature marquetry motifs ..Eros in the fingers… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49521Suburbium Petrovaradiniense… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49796 Did I succeed .. I do not know ..I only know that it was magical attractive idea to redeem a walnut stump from my yard ..
The Classic Style is the most difficult of the saw cut styles to master. It involves cutting each piece separately, from packets of veneer, each composed of only one color or species. It’s considerable advantage is that it can produce as many identical motifs as the number of layers in your packets. This can reduce the labor and increase the speed of production of pieces with repetitive motifs or enable the production of several identical pieces. The first step as in other styles is ...
This style is named for one of the great masters, Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) and it differs from double bevel style in several ways. In both Boulle style and Classic style, which I’ll cover next, it is imperative that the blade is at exactly 90 degrees to the work, both vertically and horizontally.Also in both these styles cutting is done in a “packet” of veneers rather than piece by piece as is done in double bevel. This results in several pieces of identical shape on...
When I posted the clipper ship marquetry for my Canadian chevalet, there was some confusion about the different styles of cutting marquetry and the terminology conected thereto. I will try here, using examples from some of my work, to clear up the confusion. First of all, let me say that these are all methods for sawing marquetry. Knife methods are not something I have much experience with and while they have similarities I won’t include knife cutting here. Double Bevel Marquetry ...
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