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Paire of Marquetry Pembroke Table #2

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Project by Patricelejeune posted 04-03-2013 01:20 AM 4048 views 16 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2009 Patrick Edwards and I were commissioned to adapt and recreate a table kept ath the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Our clients liked the top but not the base of the original, staying true to the period designs we created a different base.

On that project Patrick Edwards did the top marquetry using the piece by piece technique. The multiple wood marquetry was inlaid in a bees wing satinwood.

I did the rosettes and dots for the top cut using a mix a stack cutting (boulle) and piece by piece for the inside flower and “cross”, and tarsia certosina, inlay with a punch. Those are made out of rosewood maple and pear. The rosettes were a challenge as the rosewood was prepared first as a small sunburst making the all inside ring cross grain, and I had to cut really straight lines.

I also did the furniture making, joinery with hand tools on beech wood, and the marquetry for the base of the tables. I used piece by piece for the drawers scroll using a dyed tabac maple. The rose bud on the side were cut piece by piece and inserted in a stack cut background. The challenge was to create and regular oval with an even tabac inlay.

For the rose bud, I drew it bigger for more precision and reduced afterward to the right dimension. You may notice that I drew this in March 209, a very long time ago :)

The background is assembled.

The pack is carefully put together so the corner will line up “perfectly”. It is a stack cut pack with for each of the prepared background there is a layer of tabac for the string inlay and a layer of boxwood, the actual background for the rosebud.

The background as been cut using stack cutting but the rosebud pieces where cut piece by piece, so it is more precise, less gap, and I can cut in 8 layers. Sand shaded it is put together, ready to glue on.

Here are the table finally in their home

-- Patrice lejeune





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#1 posted 04-03-2013 01:56 AM

Just beautiful work Patrice and Patrick.
Just seeing pieces like these makes the rest of us better because it makes us try harder.
Thanks for all the help and inspiration you both give to so many.

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

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 03:53 AM

WOW!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 03:57 AM

Thank you for sharing these incredible tables with us. The close-up photographs really show the details exquisitely. And the photographs of the tables in their new home lets us see just how perfectly they fit their setting.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 04:00 AM

I know I echo Paul’s comments … and it’s wonderful to see such stunning examples of an ancient art brought to light in this technological era! Well done!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 05:13 AM

Wow! Thats awesome! Very impressive Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 07:03 AM

That is just beautiful work…or is it fun

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 07:06 AM

Stunning

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 07:20 AM

Exelent work, well done

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 08:35 AM

Beautiful workmanship. Thanks for sharing the details with us.
Jim

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

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 10:18 AM

wow

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#11 posted 04-03-2013 10:36 AM

I agree with Paul M, seeing this makes me want to try harder to get better. Beautiful work.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 04-03-2013 11:38 AM

A jaw dropper – it brings new meaning to “attention to detail”. Magnificent work

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#13 posted 04-03-2013 11:59 AM

stunning!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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#14 posted 04-03-2013 12:27 PM

Absolutely gorgeous ! Lucky clients.

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#15 posted 04-03-2013 12:39 PM

This pair is a beautiful piece of work. You’re very talented.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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