A Tribute To My Mentors

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Project by shipwright posted 04-23-2015 01:18 AM 7432 views 43 times favorited 120 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I started my blog on this project last summer I said that it was a tribute to my mentors and teachers, Patrick Edwards and Patrice Lejeune of the American School of French Marquetry and this project post is dedicated to them.
Patrick told me when I attended my first course that if I wanted to really improve I should go to France and buy sawn veneers from Les Fils de J George in Paris. Eventually I did and this is the first piece I have made with them.

The inspiration for my Jewellery box is this one that Patrick built and displays on the masthead of his blog.

I have an extensive blog series on the building of this piece posted here so I will keep this short. All the detail you would ever want to know about it is there.
For now I will just say a heartfelt thank you to Patrick, Patrice, and all those who have suffered through the months of this project in my blog and leave you with some professional detail shots.

Thanks for looking


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

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#1 posted 04-23-2015 01:31 AM

Paul, That is just awesome, The detail is unbelievable. Great work….

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#2 posted 04-23-2015 01:32 AM

Truly incredible. The student has become the master.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#3 posted 04-23-2015 01:43 AM

Paul, this is a true masterpiece. I showed it to my wife and she said, “That is the kind of thing that you see in Castles, things made for royalty.” I totally agree with her. I don’t know if this is a commissioned piece or if it will go up for sale or if you will just keep it, but its value has to be almost priceless. Amazing Paul. You are an inspiration and a modern day master.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 04-23-2015 01:46 AM

—————————— Literally speechless. Amazed and stunned.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 04-23-2015 01:46 AM

Beautiful work Paul.
Absolutely an inspiration to others. I am truly humbled.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 04-23-2015 01:53 AM

Holly cow you make me proud to share the name Paul. That sir is a true masterpiece that should end up in a gallery like the Smithsonian. It leaves a person at a loss for words!

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

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#7 posted 04-23-2015 02:00 AM

Wow. That is a masterpiece.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 04-23-2015 02:08 AM


I’ve watched you in your dedication and steady progress through the evolution of Marquetry. You have shared with us the steps you have taken and each was a tribute to your dedication and desire as well as your step by step improvements and mistakes?

I believe the folks that taught you would smile and nod there heads in approval.

An exquisite and piece of any age!

Kudos sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 04-23-2015 02:14 AM

That is beautiful.

In every aspect it is superb craftsmanship.

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 04-23-2015 02:14 AM

this is truly magnificent Paul, as i stated before this looks alive, the colors are lit up…i don’t think i could sell this one, but if you do, i know you wont give it away thank you so much for bringing us along on this journey, i have the feeling this will be posted as the number one project and editors choice, I’m so very proud of you my friend, you have a true talent and you could even give classes…maybe have 4 to 6 people per class,your a great man Paul, and I’m so proud to know you and call you friend…I’m still holding out to sail with you on friendship…its a great dream and i wont let it go until ive done it, i know that seeing this masterpiece in real life is a jaw dropper…now you can rest that you have it done, have a great night Paul…....

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

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#11 posted 04-23-2015 02:18 AM

I have to agree with everyone who has already commented. I just thankful that you shared this masterpiece with us as I believe it inspires all of us to try a little harder. Your mentors and teachers would be extremely proud of you and your work and now…you are the master, the mentor and the teacher!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#12 posted 04-23-2015 02:20 AM

A fine tribute to your mentors Paul!

Just jaw dropping gorgeous. Wow

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#13 posted 04-23-2015 02:23 AM

This is beautiful, thank you for the blog and for the final piece

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#14 posted 04-23-2015 02:25 AM

Great work, wow!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#15 posted 04-23-2015 02:26 AM

Outstanding…. Truly a Masterpiece….. Thanks for taking us along on this journey…Bob

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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