my first marquetry

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Project by HandsOgold posted 06-25-2007 02:08 AM 1875 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

these babies are over 40 years old. As i started them i got so enthused that i bought four more, some in 18×24in size. These are, to be honest kits, with templates to outlline the design on the veneers, which are then cut out with razor knives and inlayed together. Sort of like paint by number only with blades and wood. Well Ive lived in four houses since the purchase and the four remaining kits have traveled with me still hungering for my hands to turn them into a wall hanging lol. but damn, it is difficult and tedious work. So much so that the two plaques you see are the 33% of the kits that made it to life. and they are a mere 5×7. and took AGES to finish. hopefully one scalding florida summer day, one of the kits will be rescued from oblivion (or ebay) and become a horse or a castle or whatever the box holds, it been so long, im not even sure what. Did i mention the 37 plastic models i got on ebay of which ive assembled 4 so far. HEY they were real BARGAINS.

-- Dan

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#1 posted 06-25-2007 02:13 AM

Starting out with a “paint by number type” project still means you need to have the skills enough to do a competant job. Sure anyone could do a (real) paint by number project, but anyone could botch one badly as well. Not sure if I’d have the patience to work with these, I’d be so ennerved to not screw up the veneers and not get as tight fitting a fit as possible.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 06-25-2007 02:22 AM

Long live the marquetry projects.

I’ve looked at them, I’ve bought books!!!! But that was as far as I got.

Great Job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 06-25-2007 02:34 AM

I always thought marquetry would be a great hobby for a retired watchmaker. Hehe. Looks good what you’ve done so far.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 06-25-2007 03:09 AM

I see this could be fun but I have noticed that I like that instant gratification of a quick project. These look nice. Love that wood, did it come with the kit? I’d like to try one some day.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 06-25-2007 03:38 AM

I went as far as buying one once. Other than that, I look at the artists with awe and wonder. Great to just tackle something like that let alone the job you did. Very nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-25-2007 03:55 AM

I don’t think I’ll ever have the patience. Nice work.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 06-25-2007 04:08 AM

Thanks for sharing Dan, I never knew that kind of wood art existed, I’m only on my 2nd year though.

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#8 posted 06-25-2007 04:54 AM

Very good, keep it up and finish up. They could be valuable some day. Or just something nice to pass on tp your family. I really like the opaqueness of the projects. Or maybe a better word is earthtones. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 07-11-2007 11:50 PM

I’ve never tried this kind of work, and probably never will. If you saw how I draw, you’d understand.

Nice work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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