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Russian Troika in Marquetry

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Here’s my marquetry interpretation of a typical Russian “troika” scene. This will form the top (roughly 5.5×8.5”) of another small jewelry box. (From about.com: “The Russian troika is a sledge drawn by three horses harnessed abreast. The troika was a traditional style of cold weather transportation. Passengers would bundle up in furs in the back of the sledge to ward off often dangerously low temperatures. The image of a troika often appears in folk art.”)

My troika image is a mixed media work with double-beveled marquetry, inlays and gilding. For woods, I used my favorite big leaf quilted maple, mahogany, Hawaiian koa, padauk, purpleheart, aspen, holly, ebony, tulipwood and Chechen rosewood. I also incorporated veneers made from two types of acrylic pen blanks.

The inlay material is a mix of crushed/powdered turquoise stone and gold mica powders. For the horses’ manes and tails, and the rim of the sleigh, I used copper and 24kt gold leaf with an oil based size.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 1026 days ago

Beautiful job. We had a fellow demonstrate marquetry at out last guild meeting and it really painstaking to cut all the small intricate shapes. I really respect that art!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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shipwright

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#2 posted 1026 days ago

Nice Bob.
The seasonal flavor is very appropriate. Can you do one with antlers?

This is a relatively simple one for you but the execution is spot on and the veneer choices and other media make a perfect blend.

Art happens when you can evoke emotions and this certainly qualifies.

Bravo …..again.

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

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#3 posted 1026 days ago

I like this work !

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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lanwater

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#4 posted 1026 days ago

Very nice. Thecombination is very pleasing to look at.

Great work.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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mauibob

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#5 posted 1026 days ago

Paul,
Hmmm….. Some antlers, replace the couple with a pile of presents, a little extra weight on the guy driving the carriage, and a “ho, ho, ho” somewhere in there, and I think you have something!
Bob

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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Woodenwizard

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#6 posted 1026 days ago

Very nicely done! I truly enjoy seeing your work.

John

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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larryw

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#7 posted 1025 days ago

Another beautiful piece Bob!

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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