Mat's Bird in Marquetry (painting in wood,boulle)

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Project by Filip Tanghe posted 04-05-2015 04:01 PM 2340 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have made this project in painting in wood(peinture à bois) Its about the same as stackcutting(boulletechnik)

but with 4 layers (or more) of sawn You see sawn gaboon ebony to make the background.

First Joint.

Lucky wants to help of course;

Second joint in boulle to not waste ebony!

Background is ready.(lays face down to show (underneath backerboard 3 mm in samba(ayouse))

sawn veneer;

close up:sawn cuban mahogony and amarante.

drawing is glued on the ebony,the ebony is taped with veneertape on the backerboard.starting with the

frieze(French walnut).

adding wood and samba for the flowers in the frieze;


Glued up the design of the flowers and here i have cut out the cirle.

attached a second drawing with markings and start to add wood for the packet;

with the drawing i know where i have to put the veneers (You only place veneer where needed).

the empty spaces can be filled up with samba.

Now fold the drawing on the packet with hot animal glue and the packet is ready to cut out.

During the cutting on the jigsaw.

Close up.

Another close up.

Still a long way to go!

Be carefull to not loose any pieces (so keep Your cat or dog away,believe me).

Chevalet (Chevy) in the background.

Here the packet is completly cut out !

Here the ebony background is glued face down on an assemblyboard with hot animal glue (colle forte gt 58).

Note the marks you need to glue the ebony on the right size.

Starting to build the design;

ready ,now starting with the frieze.

Cutting out the frieze.

I have cutted in 2 pieces.

Joint in bevelcut.

Here i have put the frieze together ,so i could cut the fillets.

Here 1 fillet is cut out.

Frieze face down to check my cut!

Opening the packet(note the greasepaper (papier suif) between backerboard and ebony).

Assembling the frieze face up on blue maskingtape.

Glueing up the frieze on the assemblyboard with hot animal glue face down and remove the blue maskingtape!

here i have put it in the press between 2 hot aluminium plates of 3 mm (not to hot) to make it completly flat!

here the joint (because its made in boulle(stackcutting)) is filled with sawdust and hot animal glue.

My sons name Mathias who died(before the project was completed) when we made it and mine on the backside.

after glueing up in the press .

I added cold l water to remove the paier kraft etc…...

After sanding its ready!!!!(cicle of 48 cm)

-- Filip Le Marqueteur

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Luke Addington

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#1 posted 04-05-2015 04:39 PM

Filip, LJ is very lucky to have you here. This is one of my favorite pieces. The marquetry is incredibly beautiful and very well executed. Mat is proud of this work.

Looking forward to your next posts!

-- Luke,

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Filip Tanghe

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#2 posted 04-05-2015 05:06 PM

Thank You very much Luke!yes Mat will be proud!

-- Filip Le Marqueteur

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#3 posted 04-05-2015 05:26 PM

Amazing, nothing less, Mathias would have been so proud.
That sure is a wonderful memory.
Best thoughts from my heart,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Filip Tanghe

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#4 posted 04-05-2015 05:43 PM

Thanks Mafe.

-- Filip Le Marqueteur

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#5 posted 04-05-2015 05:52 PM

Thank you back.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 04-05-2015 05:54 PM

That is incredibility beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to post pictures of the process.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Arlin Eastman

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#7 posted 04-05-2015 06:22 PM

I have never done anything like it so I am in Awe of your work. It looks like lots and lots of little pieces.
Well done

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 04-05-2015 06:24 PM

A beautiful piece, very well done indeed,
Thank you

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#9 posted 04-05-2015 07:28 PM

This is just beautiful work Filip.
Did you do this at École Boulle?
I recognize the design from Ramond’s books, superbly executed.
Mathias must certainly be smiling with you and sharing in this achievement.

I look forward to your next post and invite you to check out the Chevalet Clubhouse.
It is a little forum within LJ for those of us who do these things.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 04-05-2015 08:46 PM

astounding work..thanks so much for all the pictures.

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Filip Tanghe

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#11 posted 04-05-2015 09:09 PM

Thanks Paul ,we made this at home, its a copie of a fragment from a cabinet in the getty(los angeles),i know Pierre
Ramond and Gabriel Fuchs, i have 2 chevalets and will post photos on the chevalet clubhouse, i know also Patrick Edwards and Patrice Lejeune
Thank You very much for Your interest

-- Filip Le Marqueteur

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Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 04-05-2015 09:16 PM

Beautiful, Marquetry! Very nice post,blog.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 04-06-2015 02:00 AM

Superb, and I am sorry for your loss.
I love how you stacked the colors and cut the pattern. So simple, yet so complicated.

-- Jeff NJ

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#14 posted 04-06-2015 02:54 AM

Great marquetry, thanks for the many photos and descriptions. I enjoyed it. Sorry for the loss of your son.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 04-06-2015 04:33 AM

What a lovely piece of woodwork…so sorry for your loss. May I ask what type of Scroll Saw you are using. Don’t think I have seen one like that before

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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