A Bevy of Chevys

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Project by shipwright posted 08-13-2015 02:44 AM 4752 views 7 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s time to give back some of what I’ve learned over the last few years. I am sold on the chevalet as the best way to cut marquetry and I want to expand its popularity. To that end I have decided to start a school for French Marquetry and the chevalet in my shop here in Canada. I do not mean to compete with ASFM but to add capacity to the market, to allow more people to learn and yes, I have Patrick’s support on this.

The first thing that a school requires is more than one chevalet so the first step toward my new goal was to build four new ones to go with the one I have here already. As of today they are all functional and they all cut very well and accurately at neutral adjustment.

I built them to be quickly and easily adjustable. Each one can adjust over about a three inch range, the smallest being in the 20”-23” range. There are two mid range models and the tall one goes to almost 26”. My own is in the 22 1/2”-25 1/2” range.

The next thing I needed was students and that has come along nicely as well. I have three for the Sept. 21-25 course and several interested in next spring. It will be easier to spread the word after I have photos of the initial class.
There are two empty chevalets in Sept as of now if anyone is interested…......

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 08-13-2015 02:49 AM

Good luck Paul! That is a beautiful host of tools.

-- Luke,

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#2 posted 08-13-2015 02:56 AM

Wow, Need Chevalets? just go ahead and knock a few out – - That’s pretty awesome. Good Luck with the schools, I hope they go as well as the chevalet project ! Thanks for taking us with you on this journey, it certainly inspires one to reach a little more. : )

Dave Clark, Kansas city

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 08-13-2015 03:04 AM

I think it’s wonderful Paul, sharing the knowledge you’ve gained. , and being the craftsman that you are , with incredible marquetry skills , it’s only natural that this be the next step in your woodworking odyssey. , and by the way, what a beautiful line-up of chevy’s. Thanks for posting

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#4 posted 08-13-2015 03:57 AM

You’re awesome Paul and may you have good fortune going forward.

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#5 posted 08-13-2015 04:00 AM

Good luck with the school, Paul. I am sure you will do your students and all of us Lumberjocks proud. Great to see this come together for you.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 08-13-2015 04:14 AM


Thank you!

You have done a Fantastic job of building all that you needed for your class!
... they all look SO NICE!!

I’m sure your class will be a success… and you will be making a few more in the future… :)
... as the class gets larger…

Thanks again for sharing your project from start to finish…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 08-13-2015 04:14 AM

Just an awesome display of machines. Good luck on the classes. I enjoyed my time on yours.

cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 08-13-2015 04:15 AM

I want to sign up for the online course. You know, the one where you ship me a Chevy and then prepare an online course complete with videos. Canada is just out of my commute ability.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 08-13-2015 04:21 AM

Wonderful work, Paul. Good luck. If ever I get to the point where I can make a good piece of furniture, or even a box, worthy of French Marquetry, you’re at the top of my list of teachers of that fantastic and ancient craft.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 08-13-2015 04:48 AM

You have demonstrated several skills along with your woodworking/marketry which indicate success in classes you will be teaching Planing, persistence and practice but most of all patience.

Good luck expanding what you have come to love!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 08-13-2015 05:23 AM

Impressive, and in no time at all. Good luck with your endeavors.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 08-13-2015 08:53 AM

Congratulations on your achievements. most can only be envious. I have just been doing marquetry for 7 months here in New Zealand with a couple of projects under my belt which I will post photos of shortly, what length blades are used and what grade blade is used in your chevalets?

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#13 posted 08-13-2015 11:06 AM

Great start for the new venture. I’m sure it will go well and there will be many new converts and practitioners.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#14 posted 08-13-2015 11:11 AM

You are a wonderful human being Paul.
It will be neat to hear about how the classes go.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 08-13-2015 11:20 AM

Good luck to you with the schooling.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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