Greene & Greene Inlay Class

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Project by Marco Cecala posted 04-22-2009 04:50 PM 5153 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently attended an Advanced Greene & Greene Inlay class at WN Woodworks in Southern California. We did designs from actual G&G pieces, as well as projects or ideas of our own. One of the great things about William Ng and the staff, is they do all the setup and support work. All we had to do was learn inlay. They prepped background blanks, cut inlay stock, and made sure we had the correct supplies ready.

William and I are both engineers, (insert joke here). He looks at things from all different angles, and this class produced training that was the culmination of years of research. When we learned a technique, you knew that all other methods were tried, and this was the most effective process. What this did was releive me from months of trial and error to figure out the best methods of work. Maybe it’s an engineer thing, but I like the shortest way home.

Designs were drawn, then pieces were then cut from chosen materials. The puzzle pieces were then glued together, and traced on the background. Using a flexible shaft router base designed by William, we routed the background, and glued in the pieces. It was then sanded flush, or textured.

The class taught me what I need to know. Now all I need to do is practice, and apply the training to a table I’m building. I highly recommend the class. The staff and facilities are first rate, and William gets some great guest instructors too.

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#1 posted 04-22-2009 06:52 PM

can you tell me his exact address of this school? I live in So. Cal and would like to stop by and see it myself

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#2 posted 04-22-2009 07:06 PM

How did they get the term G&G inlay class? The first inlay you show on the cover with the tulip is a Harvey Ellis design. Ellis worked with Gustov Stickley. The other inlays I can’t speak to but for sure that tulip is not a G&G work. I am building a Morris Chair with inlays and I bought a book to research those very inlays before I created my own version which is what brought it to may attention.

-- Dewey---------------------Everything is better with inlay or marquetry

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Jack Barnhill

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#3 posted 04-22-2009 07:46 PM

RBW – Here’s the link to the William Ng school’s website.
Dewey – The other 4 pictures are definetly G&G.
Marco – Your class projects are impressive. The class must be as well. I visit WN’s booths at all of the woodworking shows and wold love to take this class someday. Thanks for the review of his class.


-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#4 posted 04-22-2009 09:30 PM

That school appears top notch! Thanks for sharing.

-- Dewey---------------------Everything is better with inlay or marquetry

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Marco Cecala

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#5 posted 04-22-2009 10:58 PM

Thanks for the comments. Yes Dewey, there is a mix of G&G and Stickley. My taste is towards A&C, but the chops are pretty much the same. I figured the training would cross over well, and it is true.

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