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Project by Celticscroller posted 04-04-2017 02:35 AM 1202 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Time sure flies! It’s been about a year since I posted any projects on LJs. I have been on a learning curve and delving into the world of marquetry so was experimenting and practising the technique. My practice pieces were not worthy of an audience ;)! Thanks to my good friend Elaine who gave me lots of inspiration and guidance, I have improved my technique but still have lots to learn.
I started this bust 4 years ago. My great niece was my very willing model. I had already done a bust of her brother. I worked on it on and off and then began focusing more on it in the past year determined to get it finished. The front panel of the marquetry I had completed last summer and since then have learnt a lot more about glueing and sand shading. Much as I would have like to redo this panel, my great niece liked it so it stays!
Thanks to Sheila Landry for the Celtic pattern I used for the pendant and the earrings. http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/product/SLD494
Thanks for looking.

-- Anna, Richmond BC





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Druid

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 03:03 AM

How about that . . . Anna is back!!! Yay. Nicely done combination of your skills. I like it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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PaulDoug

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 03:04 AM

That is flat awesome! And if I was younger, I would study Marquetry. To me it is the ultimate wood art. I would think it would take years to master it.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Celticscroller

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 03:36 AM

Thanks John. I hope to post more often again :)
It’s never too late Paul to learn! I’m no spring chicken and have just started on this marquetry journey :)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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bazz135uk

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#4 posted 04-04-2017 05:48 AM

So many skills here well done . Shows just how much you love your work. Lot of challenges in this project and you have really done it justice ..

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#5 posted 04-04-2017 02:03 PM

Anna, I thought the one you did of your great-nephew was great. This one is even better! I’m betting your great niece really likes the purpleheart hearts! I really like the grain on her right cheek-looks like a loose tendril of hair!

-- God bless, Candy

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shipwright

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#6 posted 04-04-2017 02:50 PM

Looking very good Anna. The carving is beautiful and the marquetry is coming along nicely.
As for age, I took up marquetry about six years ago when I was ….. over sixty.
I have students at my school that turn out very nice pieces in their first week. It’s just not that hard.

Great work Anna.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 04-04-2017 04:26 PM

That is a very nice carving and the marketing also looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Celticscroller

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#8 posted 04-04-2017 04:28 PM

Thank you Bazz, Candy, Paul and Charles for your kind comments.
Paul, your students have a great teacher! One of these days, I might make it to one of your classes. I’m hooked on marquetry now!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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shipwright

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#9 posted 04-04-2017 05:05 PM

I’d love to see you.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#10 posted 04-04-2017 06:52 PM

Very good job. I admire you for going out and learning something new.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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Celticscroller

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#11 posted 04-04-2017 11:20 PM

Thanks Kelly. It’s fun learning something new :)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#12 posted 04-05-2017 01:21 PM

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#13 posted 04-05-2017 01:29 PM

Beee-u-teee-ful Anna.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#14 posted 04-05-2017 10:15 PM

Thanks Claude and Roger

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#15 posted 04-07-2017 12:48 PM

Aww, Anna! What a tremendously beautiful work of art! This is truly wonderful and I am sure she will be amazed. Your carving skills are so good! I just love it! I am so pleased you liked my design for the earrings. Thank you! <3

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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