Shop Art Swap, monochrome marquetry desk organizer

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Project by shipwright posted 02-08-2016 11:46 PM 2713 views 10 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my entry in the recent “Shop Art” swap. It went to RichCMD who as luck would have it already has a maritime theme to his place…... how lucky is that.

My first attempt at monochrome was this same ship albeit smaller on the chart boxes that I posted a couple of years ago. I liked it but thought I could do it better a little bigger. I’m quite happy with the way it came out.

So what is monochrome? It is marquetry cut all from the same piece of veneer leaving the sand shading as the only element distinguishing the pieces from each other. If you look closely you can see the grain flowing right through the picture.

All the veneer is from a small stack of sequenced Olive burl that I was given a few years ago and it was stack cut on the chevalet. The only fastening is hot hide glue (of course).

Great swap, great art, and well organized. Thanks Mark and everyone who participated.

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

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#1 posted 02-08-2016 11:49 PM

beautiful work as always

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 11:50 PM

Paul, this is very impressive. Never seen that type of marquetry before, I like it. Kind of like wood burning but more subtle.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 12:13 AM

Love it! Your work never disappoints.

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

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 12:16 AM

Oh Wow!

The subtlety of this piece is not given it’s due by these pictures. Hope you signed it?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 12:18 AM

Wonderfully! Ships are you Paul in the heart .. heart expressed through the wood, the veneer.
Outstanding choice of veneer .. dramatic sailing expressed to us this beautiful background .


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#6 posted 02-09-2016 12:40 AM

Beautiful work Paul.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#7 posted 02-09-2016 12:59 AM

Nicely done, Paul, as always. Definitely don’t want to sneeze when you’re laying all those tiny parts out!!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#8 posted 02-09-2016 01:01 AM

Paul, your work takes my breath away.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 02-09-2016 01:04 AM

Beautiful work

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 02-09-2016 01:26 AM

Looking good Paul.

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#11 posted 02-09-2016 02:04 AM

Very nice Paul.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 02-09-2016 02:11 AM

Beautiful work Paul, I don’t think I’ve ever seen marquetry done this way before. I love it!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#13 posted 02-09-2016 02:31 AM

Yet another great piece Paul.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 02-09-2016 03:13 AM

As always, impressive.

-- 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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#15 posted 02-09-2016 03:37 AM

Very nice
Where did I see something like that before ,OH on my desk .


-- Kiefer

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