First attempts at marquetry

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Project by Kiwib0y posted 08-16-2015 06:14 PM 758 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, Seem I am a newbie to the site I thought I would show the interested folks what I have been doing. I started marquetry in February this year (2015) after I had an accident breaking my neck on a building site and having to give up motorcycle riding. I started off with a few instructions from a guy who dabbled in marquetry and then with research online I came up with the items above. All the veneers used are .6mm to .7mm thick, I made all the boxes myself as well as the handles and laminating of the rim to the tea tray, I have really enjoyed reading the replies to peoples blogs and happy I have joined up to this site. Marquetry is something that people of New Zealand are not very familiar with so talking to folk about it is hard to do. As you can see I attempted some sand shading on the 1st, 3rd and 6th boxes, I used pva glue on all the items except the tea tray which I stepped out side my comfort zone and use hot hide glue which I really liked using and will probably keep using as I enjoyed using it. (can undo mistake quite easily).
I was introduced to hide glue by a elderly gentleman who has done marquetry for the last 64 years and has been giving me a few pointers over the last couple of months since I met him. He is the only other person I have met in person who has done marquetry.
Hope to join in with discussion’s and keep learn from you knowledge people.

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

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#1 posted 08-16-2015 06:28 PM

Don, I have never done any marquetry before but I sure would like to try my hand at it when I get time. However, if and when I do I would only hope that I could come half as far as you have come in a short time. I have to say that I personally think that what you have done is nice work in having done it for only 6 months or so. My opinion is that you should definitely stay with it because you seem to have the right talent for it. Nice work and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 08-17-2015 02:53 PM

Very nicely done works Don. I agree with Charles (comments above) that you are doing some really good work after such a short time.

There is a growing group of people here on LJ doing marquetry work, including myself. Many of us are relatively new to it like yourself, so welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy the ride. You are lucky to have a mentor with experience that you can draw on. It will be fun to see your work in future postings.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 08-18-2015 10:01 AM

Thanks guy’s. So many sheets of veneer’s and so little time. All the veneers I have cut have been cut using a hobby knife. I have started my next project which I am cutting is done using a scroll saw(that is another story).
If we could have 1/2 the information that Shipwright has forgotten we would be many levels above what we are just now!

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

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#4 posted 08-18-2015 05:22 PM

Nicely done. Sorry bout the accident

How are you cutting the patterns? Scroll saw? Marquetry Donkey? hand cut with jewellers saw and a bird mouth?

Definitely check out the LJ named “Shipwright”.... he teaches using the french Marquetry donkey and is a great source of info on both marquetry and glue (esp Hot Hide glue)

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#5 posted 08-19-2015 06:15 AM

Hi DrDirt. I tried using a fretsaw but could not keep the blades perfectly vertical all the time. I would love to have a donkey like Shipwright but my work is done in a double garage so room is a problem as the wife gets abit grumpy if I leave her car outside.

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

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#6 posted 08-30-2015 03:26 PM

Sorry I missed this one Don. I don’t miss many marquetry related posts. :-)
You are doing very well for just having started, especially cutting with a knife. You would excell with a chevalet and I would encourage you to build one. I have one at my winter place that lives in a little laundry/utility room where the whole marquetry shop is six feet by six feet so if you really want one you can make it fit. :-)
It’s good to see you are using hide glue, definitely the way to go for marquetry.

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

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#7 posted 11-18-2015 08:32 AM

go hard bro, your work is amazing

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#8 posted 01-19-2016 10:43 PM

I am confident that you will have a great continuation the work on this beautiful craft – as well as great and your start!


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