Wizard Marquetry

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Project by stefang posted 10-07-2014 04:39 PM 2247 views 8 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished. The photos to to the right show it’s progression from my simplified pattern based on my son’s original painting (2), , the patches of veneers that were positioned and layered for cutting all at once (3), the packet ready to cut (4). removal of the glued picture from my veneer press (5), and finally starting to remove the protective paper covering the face of the marquetry (6).

I choose to post this without the frame because with the frame it makes the Marquetry too small to get a good look at it. There are many weakness’s to this picture, both artistically and technically. I would like to think that the artistic flaws are due to my lack of talent and inexperience, but I don’t feel too guilty about the technical errors, which were mostly caused by one fatal mistake. When I glued the pattern to the cutting packet I didn’t realize that the plywood panel had been lacquered on the side that the pattern was being applied to. Hot hide glue doesn’t stick very well to a lacquered surface and this caused the pattern to come loose while I was cutting the small and intricate parts. The larger parts were not to troublesome, so a good deal of the work did go well. As for my own satisfaction, I would say that I am fairly pleased with this as a picture, but not nearly as happy with the actual marquetry work, although I do like the veneer choices even though I would have preferred not using the dyed sky and grass veneers, but I couldn’t come up with any alternatives. I know my next marquetry will be a lot better, at least technically.

The marquetry packet was cut on my Chevalet, while the replacements and necessary repairs were all done with a craft knife. I did spend a lot of time on this remedial work. I consider it time well spent. Even though I couldn’t get the near perfect results I had wanted and expected, I did get a lot of experience learning how to cut with the knife, I learned how to get accurate tracings for the replacement pieces directly from the marquetry and also some experience with redesigning to improve/simplify some areas that didn’t turn out so well artistically from the first cutting. The photo below is my son’s original artwork of the Wizard.

If you are interested in seeing how I did this project the details are all in 13 part blog here. Thanks for looking in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 10-07-2014 04:43 PM

Looks great!

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 10-07-2014 04:46 PM

Very well done, Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-07-2014 05:00 PM

Well done Mike, looks like your Chevy’s hittin’ on all 8 cylinders. ;-)
A lot of character in that old boy’s face.

Work Safely and have Fun. Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 05:09 PM

Mike you know I also read your blog and it was nice to follow. I have learned a lot, but not only that you also made me enthousiast for marquetry and I have read and looked on the internet about this item.
Your piece is done and it looks really GREAT.

Thank you for your contribution. Thumb up


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#5 posted 10-07-2014 05:25 PM

mike, you never disappoint, anything you take on you do…and you have done this very well..i really dont know much about this type of woodwork, just what ive seen my friends on here do, its a medium of woodwork i wish i could do, but my back just wont allow it, its a very tedious type of work, and one i could really enjoy, it would force me to work on my art skills…i think i have some, just need to do them…..a wonderful wizard mike….a lot of work, you deserve an A+ ...when is your next trip to see your son

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 10-07-2014 05:41 PM

Lots of work, and a worth result. Congratulations.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 10-07-2014 05:42 PM

Very nice work and something I have never tried.

Thanks for sharing your artistry. I really like the work and the theme.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#8 posted 10-07-2014 05:53 PM

Looks like a winner nice work congrats to you and your son Mike.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 10-07-2014 06:15 PM

Beautiful and impressive work!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 10-07-2014 07:16 PM

Thanks much everyone. I’m just glad it’s done and I can start on a new marquetry project, but first I have to make some Christmas presents.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 10-07-2014 07:30 PM

Congratulations, Mike, on a successful finish and a great tutorial. Many will benefit from the work you put into this.

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#12 posted 10-07-2014 07:31 PM

Mike, this is great. You have really come a long way with these skills. This is really beautiful work and there is so many things that you will be able to do with this. Congratulations on your will power and determination to learn something new and demanding. I’m going to make this a favorite.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 10-07-2014 07:43 PM

Great work Mike, thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 10-07-2014 07:50 PM

Great project Mike. Love it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#15 posted 10-07-2014 07:57 PM

Very nice for a first on the chevy Mike. (I still think you should mount it on the front.) With a steep learning curve now largely behind you, you can start thinking more about the artistic and less about the technical parts.
I really like the beard remodel. It was definitely the one bit that didn’t look right. Well done on that and on the whole piece!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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