|Project by sharad||posted 09-17-2009 05:13 PM||1796 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
My uncle was an accomplished wood worker and among his wood projects he used to do fretwork with a fretsaw. He had made a letter box about 70 years back and I happened to get it about 35 years back through my cousin. One day accidentally one side of it was broken and but for my awareness it would have been tossed in the trash box. I preserved it for the last 25 years thinking one day I will repair it. That day came last month and I decided to complete the job. This required some experience in fret work which I lacked. While searching for information on this art I came across a book Fretwork and marquetry, A PRACTICAL MANUAL OF INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ART OF FRET-CUTTING AND MARQUETRY WORK by D. Denning. LONDON L. UPCOTT GILL, 170, STRAND, W.C. From the contents and the language of the book it looks to be published in the earlier part of 20th century or even earlier . The book is so lucid that I wasted no time in getting a printout and reading it thoroughly. The instructions were very neat and specific. I started practicing on a few pieces of trash plywood and learnt that it was not so easy as I thought. I broke a few wires (blades) and holding the work vertical to the cutting blade was very challenging. After some days of practice I decided to construct a new side for the letter box. I did not have the original drawing from where to trace the design on a plywood. I took a photograph of the other side, took a printout and pasted it on the ply and did the cutting. I did not get a plywood of the same thickness as the original and had to be content with a thinner one. I assembled the letter box. The letter box is now on my wall. I was happy that my will to repair the box was fullfilled and I have saved a beautiful piece of fretwork done with a fret saw as old as the box.. I have not yet decided how to finish the box. Any suggestions will be helpful
This was the reason for my silence on LJ for some time. I have ventured to make a few more projects after this experience and I will post them one by one. I am no where near perfection in fretwork and hope to improve day by day.
-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein