Bouquet of Flowers Marquetry Box

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Project by mauibob posted 11-22-2015 02:21 PM 2158 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspiration for this project came from Matt Nedeljko’s beautiful Bouquet of Flowers Marquetry Box that he made for his wife, Sherri. See Matt’s writeup for more on the origin of this design.

Since I did not have the original pattern, I used one of Matt’s photos of his project, along with Adobe Camera Raw (part of the Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom suite) to correct the distortion inherent in photographing an object at close distances. I took the distortion-corrected image to my light table, traced the contours and used this as my final pattern (see last image).

The marquetry itself was cut using the pad (stack) method, with a few copies being made for additional boxes. Woods used include dyed koto veneers, aspen, walnut burl, teak, ebony and sapele, with the box itself constructed of Hawaiian koa with Gabon ebony splines and maple trays. As with all my boxes, it is lined with Japanese washi paper.

Box dimensions are 7×6 3/8×3 7/8 inches.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 03:26 PM

Beautiful work Bob and a nice tribute to Mat’s box.
I loved Mat’s and I love yours. It is really a nice motif, well worthy of the revisit.
I’ve gotten away from dyed veneers myself but the vibrant colours you have here sure are impressive and I may be seduced back.
Thanks for posting.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 03:36 PM

Thanks, Paul. I had intended to make a few of these for a local women’s club—they invited me to give a little presentation on marquetry, but like Mat, this one’s going to my wife—she has not seen it yet and, thankfully, is not a Lumberjack browser :-)

I’m going through my dyed veneer phase right now – expands the color palette a bit. But, except for more production runs, I prefer going the double bevel route where one’s creativity can be unleashed a bit. Pretty difficult, if not impossible, to get or make colored veneers which are on the thickish side ~ 3/32” or so.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 05:26 PM

Love your marquetry. I’m a real novice at marquetry. Hey, hang around with Paul a bit and you will be off to Paris to buy 1/16” sawn veneers and have to refinance the house to continue! LOL Just joking here as Paul is a friend, and we’re both students of Patrick Edwards and Patrice LeJuene. They “almost” have me ready to head to Paris to buy veneer. :-) Almost. I have yet to do a marquetry project worthy of comment, so I’m hardly any kind of critic. But, as a fan of your work, i say great box. Look forward to seeing the next one.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 06:46 PM

An Outstanding Job! I have attempted a little sand shading but have not mastered it yet. You seem to have it down. Would you have a problem if I used your pattern and attempted a box?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 06:52 PM

That is a beautiful box and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 07:47 PM

Roger, nearly made the trip out to the ‘burbs of Paris to see Paul’s favorite marquetry shop, but did not have enough time when we were there. Probably just as well, since my wife would probably have just left me there!

I still have a lot to learn about box making—always have enjoyed looking at your projects. We’ve collected 18th century tea caddies, and you might like to see some of the marquetry designs on those since they may fit in nicely with your beautiful period pieces.


-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#7 posted 11-22-2015 07:49 PM

Hi John (Woodenwizard),

By all means, that is why I posted my version of the pattern. Right now it is more or less a xerox of a xerox of a xerox … since it is my copy of Mat’s copy :-)

I’d love to see your post when you get it finished!


-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#8 posted 11-22-2015 09:29 PM

Beautiful work, Bob.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 11-22-2015 10:29 PM

Thank you for the nice comments, Charles & Martyn!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#10 posted 11-22-2015 11:51 PM

I think Mat made an inkscape drawing of it. That will be very precise with likely a .01” line. I’ll email him and see how he feels about sharing it.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 11-23-2015 12:28 AM

beautiful box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 11-23-2015 05:05 AM

Great marquetry, looks terrific.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 11-23-2015 11:04 AM

that is a beauty..great job!!!

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#14 posted 11-24-2015 01:34 AM

Beautiful box Bob and so honored to have been an inspiration. Your choice of dyed veneers really makes the motif pop and your box making skills are clearly evident. I really like your selection of the background veneer and the complementary tiger striped border. A very nice touch.

The original pattern for this motif came from Ecolle Boulle and Patrick Edwards cut this as one of his projects when he was there. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me sharing an Inkscape version with anyone that is interested. send me a PM and I will be happy to share.

Again great work on this Bob and thanks for the link back to my project.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#15 posted 11-24-2015 11:44 AM

Thanks for the very nice comments, Mat. One of these days I will have to visit Patrick in his studio. This was a beautiful design from Ecole Boulle, and your original box really got my creative juices flowing! Warm regards to you and your family!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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