|Project by shipwright||posted 08-20-2012 10:07 PM||4530 views||22 times favorited||75 comments|
Music is a little French style table of my own design that has taken me about half as long to build as my sailboat did. In Marie Antoinette’s day it would have been called a writing table and I would like to think she may have been amused by it.
The design started as an idea for a leg that I sketched up last winter, gathered speed when I did a chevalet demo at the local fine arts show in the spring and sort of grew from there.
The central motif is an etude from ASFM and the other designs are modifications via inkscape of various motifs found in Pierre Ramond’s Masterpieces of Marquetry series of books.
The substrate is western maple and the top is baltic birch plywood. Joinery is mortise and tenon. The solid edges of the top and the balls on the legs are queen ebony. The marquetry is done in macassar ebony, birdseye maple, purpleheart, green poplar, holly, mahogany, bubinga, and in the central motif only, dyed yellow, black and green. I may have missed a few.
As near as I can count there are about 1500 individual pieces and the cutting was done on the chevalet in a combination of Boulle, piece by piece (classic), and painting in wood styles depending upon the requirements of the element. All assembly is with 192 gram hot hide glue, there is no metal. The finish is french polish.
My greatest regret is my ignorance of period furniture, something I need to work on. Because of this the piece is almost certainly a “misfit” in the world of fine furniture. It’s one of those “If I’d known it was going to turn out this well I would have paid more attention” kind of situations. Next time I will.
There is a construction blog here.
I hope you will enjoy this piece as I certainly enjoyed creating it.
Any comments, questions and please, critiques are welcome.
Thanks for looking,
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/