LumberJocks

Hokusai's Great Wave in Marquetry

  • Advertise with us
Project by mauibob posted 1459 days ago 2468 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hokusai’s “Great Wave” is probably one of the most famous woodblock prints of the early 19th century. Thought I would give it a try in marquetry. I used the double bevel technique and thicker (3/32”) veneers—primarily white sycamore, ipe, some elm and maple. The thicker, hand bandsawn, veneers made the project much easier to accomplish since the bevel angle was only 4 degrees or so, making it easier to get tighter tolerances on the close wave “finger” spacings. I used a sliver of deep blue colored, stabilized buckeye burl pen blank material for the wave crest. To create the details in the wave, I used a woodburning tool with a needle point—much easier than trying to inlay fine lines everywhere.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD





8 comments so far

View huff's profile (online now)

huff

2788 posts in 1888 days


#1 posted 1459 days ago

I’ve never really done any marquetry, but that looks and sounds like a ton of work and your results are great. I really like it.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

View jjempson's profile

jjempson

190 posts in 1592 days


#2 posted 1459 days ago

i would lvr to be able to do this …one day…hats of to you..great skill shown. well done

-- jjempson

View mafe's profile

mafe

9456 posts in 1693 days


#3 posted 1459 days ago

Really amazing – I’m a big fan of Hokusai‚Äôs work.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View wallkicker's profile

wallkicker

107 posts in 1758 days


#4 posted 1459 days ago

Nice job .

View Chriskmb5150's profile

Chriskmb5150

253 posts in 1679 days


#5 posted 1459 days ago

Wow! I could never do something like that. very impressive work. Reminds me of a giant mural i used to drive by iin Waikiki, Hawaii when i used to lived there.

-- Woodworkers theory of relativity - the quality of your scrap is relative to your skill level

View mauibob's profile

mauibob

180 posts in 1671 days


#6 posted 1459 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments! It’s actually much easier than it may look :-) Just requires the trick of spinning the scrollsaw blade on the back of the blade when making sharp turns to prevent the blade from continuing to cut—and keeping track of which side you’re scrolling on. I slant the table to the left and keep the project moving clockwise into the blade. The rest literally falls together! Very therapeutic—less a few chosen cuss words here and there.

Chriskmb5150, wonder if you’re thinking about the gigantic Wyland murals that were sprinkled around Waikiki on the sides of various buildings?

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

View Woodenwizard's profile

Woodenwizard

1058 posts in 1658 days


#7 posted 1458 days ago

Nice job! I have just started marquetry. I haven’t done any for a while but your pieces have enspired me to start a new project. Thanks for sharing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

View Blake's profile

Blake

3436 posts in 2478 days


#8 posted 1456 days ago

Thats gorgeous!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase