WORK DONE SINCE LAST POSTThe upper and lower belly sections are done (excepting remedial work), the claws have been added together with some other small bits and pieces here and there, The eyebrows are finished except for the yellow to be added, and the walnut outline to the head and lips are in place. The walnut in the head will only be an outline after the final Ash piece is inserted in the middle. The three photos below show the original artwork, the last update and where we are now. ...
I am a lover of travel and of Italy in particular. Toscana is my favorite province and Chianiti my favorite region. When I built my first chevalet, my first attempt at marquetry with it was Il Gallo Nero, the black rooster that is a very old symbol of the region. It is also the logo symbol of the Consorzio Chianti Classico, the co-operative of growers who produce one of my favorite Italian wines. My first attempt may have been a little too ambitious and never actually reached a finished state...
I have improved a fair bit since I posted the initial SU of the chevalet. In fact it was my very first attempt and it was, in a word awful. I may not be a pro yet but at least this SU can be pulled apart and measured. There’s no need for further explanation except top say that this chevalet as drawn can be set up for a seat to blade height from about 22” to about 25”. That should accommodate almost everyone. Here’s the link: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/...
Marquetry……a gaming table of pewter, brass and faux tortoiseshell…….various techniques #1: Cutting long, perfect, straight lines in Marquetry
This is an instructional video lead in for those who do marquetry/inlay and have the need to cut perfectly straight line cuts in their project. I have taken on a project that requires many straight lines. An O blade is used to cut close to the intended straight line. While the project is still in packet form and the pieces cut out and in its tray, the packet is stabilized in a vise, a file is used to reduce the material to the exact line. The video will give a clear demonstration as to th...
The first photo here is the one the last segment finished off with. I re-post it here because it was at this point that I first noticed that the motif was crooked in the ellipse. In the ASFM workbook it is just a line drawing on a page. I scanned it and retraced it in inkscape to clean it up but didn’t notice that it was not straight on the page in the book. So of course, now that I know I can’t live with it. So here’s the solution. First, cut an MDF pattern (white th...
Some of you may remember a couple of months ago I posted a new segment in my blog about marquetry cutting styles describing the “painting in wood” style. Well, once I started cutting the classic French design (pattern in the back of the workbook from ASFM) I started musing about where it might end up. I’ve made enough boxes and while they were a good venue for some simple marquetry and served well to practice on, my real interest is in bigger projects and more furniture kin...
My next project is this late ninteenth century tool with a few improvements.My timber of choice is Desert Ironwood and all fittings will be made from bronze.This version will have a slightly wider body measuring 1-3/8” by 7/8” and a much larger adustable fence also of bronze, and a bronze strip fitted on the lower back corner for longer wear protection. My progress so far.
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 ...
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