ASFM level II study

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Project by shipwright posted 02-26-2013 08:39 PM 2965 views 3 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week Mat Nedeljko and I attended The American School of French Marquetry to take the level II course. This is the second of two studies that we completed in piece by piece (or classic) technique. Many of you have been following my marquetry adventure and have made kind comments on my progress and for those I thank you. Your comments and encouragement have helped me greatly but to actually reach the next level there’s nothing like being exposed to excellence and excellent instruction.

Before last week I had done several pieces in classic style and had felt my work was getting quite good. It was, but the piece shown here outstrips any I have done before in the almost complete elimination of gaps. It’s not that I didn’t know all about the theory of the style and it’s promise of gap free marquetry, I did. The difference was in the little nuances in technique that we were shown, and simply the exposure to fine pieces of work that set a bar for us to strive for.

This may just be a study on a piece of plywood but it represents my best work to date. For that I thank all of you for your encouragement and Patrick, Patrice and Kristen at the school for exposing me to what real marquetry is and what I can aspire to.

The piece is 6 1/2” wide by 9 1/4” high.

Thanks for looking in


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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 08:43 PM


Spectacular Beautiful work!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 08:45 PM

I Totally agree, I watched as you both worked very hard to turn out something this nice Bravo Paul.
Now back to the shop for me so I can get set up and do something that will make them proud.

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 08:58 PM

So very Beautiful! I love to view your work! Thanks for sharing Paul!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 09:07 PM

Awesome! Thanks for the update. I would love to attend the school. It is on my todo list and maybe after I retire. Anyway, I have learned a lot from your sharing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 09:07 PM

Great work Paul!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 09:26 PM

True artwork. You are always an inspiration to us to keep learning something new.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 09:43 PM

10 out of 10 on this beauty Paul. You are setting the bar high for us wannabes! Gorgeous piece of work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 09:53 PM

come on paul when are you going to quit messin around and do something really complicated…LOL….this is so beautiful, anything you touch in this realm comes out just gorgeous..i agree this is down right fantastic, but i still love your table, and now this is added to your library of works…what are your plans now….if its top secret ill just wait to see your next post…...grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 10:18 PM

I am impressed. That is truly fine work.
What a treat going off to school. Good for you guys.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 10:36 PM

Thanks for sharing your latest progress with us. It looks superb. Keep it up!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 10:47 PM


-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 10:53 PM

Your really getting good at this. Paul what is the one thing that has taken your work to the next level? Wish I could afford to go to the class but don’t see that happening any time soon. Thanks for sharing.

-- Billp

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 11:07 PM

Paul…Your marquetry is steadily and consistently getting better as each piece progresses. I know absolutely nothing about marquetry but I do know that you are producing some excellent, beautiful and precise work.

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#14 posted 02-26-2013 11:14 PM

Very fine marquetry Paul.
This peice is plain beautifull.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 02-26-2013 11:36 PM

I know great art when I see it and this is an absolutely beautiful piece of art.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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