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Project by Takara posted 09-27-2012 04:40 AM 3272 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father has done some amazing marquetry and I, being the loving and devoted daughter that I am, ALLOWED him to teach me.

We took a field trip to Rocklers for a demonstration and I was able to create this marquetry rose in approximately 3 hours while customers came to watch and ask questions to the more experienced marquetry craftsmen. I’m pleased to say that I impressed a lot of people when they found out it was the first time I’d ever done marquetry before. I’m glad I was able to demonstrate how easy it is to learn!

I decided to use the rose as a hand mirror for a couple reasons: I don’t HAVE a hand mirror and I would like one and also because my 3 year old daughter really likes “Beauty and the Beast” and I thought she would enjoy a mirror with a rose on it.

Thanks for letting me share this as my first project! I learned a lot by making this mirror and I’m so excited to share it.

-- Danielle -

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#1 posted 09-27-2012 05:14 AM

Takara it looks like your off and running. The wood working bug has struck again. Have fun and keep on creating beautiful projects. Look forward to seeing more of your work!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#2 posted 09-27-2012 05:51 AM

It look like the talent run in the genes…

It looks great from here.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 09-27-2012 12:10 PM

Very Nicey Done. A talent for sure.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#4 posted 09-27-2012 12:19 PM

First of welcome!!!, and we look fwd to many more great projects! I read you profile, Masters in chem huh? Nice work. I work with a buddy that also has the same degree.

I just watched the Woodwhispers video on doing this. I have done bow tie’s as inlay, but I’m getting ready to try this as well. Here is the video you might enjoy.Again well done!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 09-27-2012 02:58 PM

Great first project Takara.
I have been biitten by the marquetry bug as well and have spent many very enjoyable hours at it.

I know the feeling of interesting others with a demo as well. It’s fun to watch their interest as they begin to “get it”.

Thanks for sharing …............and maybe you could show us some of your dad’s work too???

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

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#6 posted 09-27-2012 04:58 PM

Realy beautifull for first time.I wonder what will be the second,third,...

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 09-27-2012 05:38 PM

Great job on the mirror! look forward to seeing more from you!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#8 posted 09-27-2012 05:55 PM

First time just shows the tip of the ice berg so well be in fore a great ride with your talents. Welcome to LJ’s you my dear have a bright future in Marquetry….BC

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#9 posted 09-27-2012 06:38 PM

Very well done for a first. May you have many more and be sure to involve your daughter as well.

Looking forward to what comes next!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 09-27-2012 08:27 PM

Wow, that looks really great.

I have not tried any marquetry yet. But that mirror looks like a good thing to start on. Thanks for the inspiration.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 09-27-2012 09:06 PM

first shot ….. impressive
it seems to me the mirror reflect your future fait :-)

thanks for sharing Takara


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#12 posted 09-27-2012 09:47 PM

Dad is ever the best teacher! Off to a great start!

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#13 posted 09-28-2012 01:19 AM

Welcome to LJ Takara and well done! Much better than my first attempt!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#14 posted 09-28-2012 01:47 AM

Beautiful job on your mirror. Sure doesn’t look like its a first project. You really must have inherited the talent and the patience! Have not yet tried marquetry, I’m not sure I have the patience for it.
Welcome to LJ’s, you’ll like this site for all of the ideas and help, if you need it. Can’t wait to see the next project.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#15 posted 09-29-2012 05:58 AM

nice looking mirror Dee,Something I would like to add to my skills. You are giving us women great representation

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