|Project by shipwright||posted 10-19-2012 09:38 PM||3186 views||5 times favorited||36 comments|
It’s all well and good to make beautiful arty tables and boxes that take tens or hundreds of hours to build but selling that sort of thing requires either hard work or a very low hourly rate if you are an unknown. .............. .......... Sounds like a challenge to me. ..................Time to see if I can urn some money with marquetry.
I did some checking around and found a funeral director that thought marquetry might fly on urns and after looking at what he had in stock and their retail prices I thought I’d take a run at making some. Assuming his markup is about double, give or take, it made for an interesting bit of sport.
This is exactly what classic (or “piece by piece”) style marquetry is all about so I chose simple a motif that I particularly like and cut it in three colors plus background, eight at a time on the chevalet. Then I made a quick prototype urn more to get his input than to evaluate time as this is a very easy box to mass produce.
This post shows the finished prototype. It’s not as spiffy as the rest will be in a number of ways but I am confident I can turn eight out in about 24 hours….... and that should work.
First photo shows about 12 hrs of work, eight pieces of marquetry cut, assembled and sand shaded. The roses appear brown because I laminated a walnut veneer behind the bloodwood to get the same thickness as my other colors of veneer. You are looking at the back, hence you are seeing the walnut.
Next two show the quick strong little mitered box. No clamping required with hot hide glue.
Last two show the finished (with a few flaws) urn with a fast French polish finish. I may or may not stay with the FP finish, but I’m leaning toward it.
Off to Az. next week (for six months) with a box full of veneers to make lots more marquetry skins for this size urn. They will keep me out of the bars and be easy to transport back with me.
Thanks for looking in
Questions, comments and critiques (like ” Hi Paul, There are some little chips at the top of the face panel) are always welcome.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/