Chinese Dragon Marquetry

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Project by stefang posted 04-18-2013 09:44 PM 5140 views 8 times favorited 69 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Those of you who have patiently followed my blog series on making this project and who have hung in there with many kind and encouraging comments along the way will be relieved to see that this is my last post on that project. I had a lot of fun doing this work and for those of you who didn’t read the blog series but would like to, it can be found in my blog series HERE.

The woods used for the marquetry were Linden, Walnut, African Blackwood, Cocobolo, Yellow heart, and Sycamore. I haven’t finished it yet as I may want to French polish it later after I learn how. The frame is made of White Oak finished with Danish oil. If you want to see how I made the frame you can see it in my blog on the subject

Instead of veneers I used solid woods about 3/8” thick which were cut on my scroll saw. The final marquetry was then resawed on my bandsaw to create 2 pictures. They are about the size of an A4 piece of paper. The original drawing was downloaded from the net and there was no artists name attached so I don’t know who to thank. The original can be seen on the above referenced blog.

Thanks for looking in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 09:56 PM

Oh Mike, terrific project. Haven´t yet seen the blog, which I´ll do immediately.

Thanks for posting this

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 09:58 PM

WOW!!!! I hope to one day be as talented as you are my friend. This is exquisite work. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring. Sincerely, Your Utah Friend.

-- byrdman61 Slc, Ut

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 10:09 PM

My that is the cherry on top
The frame just sets it off
You really did a great job on this and sharing the process
has bee great fun. Although the re sawing was scary for me
I can only imagine how it must have been for you and also doing it all
live as it were.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 10:14 PM

Very cool, Mike. The joints looks seamless and the various woods compliment each other well.

-- Stuart

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 10:15 PM

Thanks Fernando and byrdman. You are way too modest byrdman, your work is excellent and certainly doesn’t take a backseat to mine.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 10:17 PM

I had a ton of fun reading and following along with the Creation Michael!!
The Frame suits the Dragon perfectly, Exceptionally Well Done my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 04-18-2013 10:39 PM

Thanks much Jamie Stuart, and Mike. I’m a bit sorry it’s done. Now I have to continue working outside until October!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 04-18-2013 10:53 PM

So many with such wonderful talents on this one of a kind woodworking forum, I to must tip my hat on this marvel…thanks for sharing …BC

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 11:06 PM

Really Fine Details & Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 04-18-2013 11:07 PM

I dont’t know what to say but wow. Beautiful piece. Now I’m heading over to your blog to see this take shape.

-- mike c

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#11 posted 04-18-2013 11:14 PM

Many thanks to BC, Dennis and Mike C.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 04-18-2013 11:25 PM

Hi Mike,
Wooow! The marquetry and the framing is excellent. The way I see it, is not how angry the dragon but how you as the maker having all those needed calmness and patience in creating this obra maestra … a masterpiece.
I have also read how you made the frame. Tedious making those mortise and tenon joints. But the work of difficulty had resulted to this beautiful work. Thanks for sharing both on the blogs and this masterpiece.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 04-18-2013 11:27 PM

Outta sight, Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 04-18-2013 11:37 PM

That is awesome Mike!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 04-18-2013 11:59 PM

Just superb Mike. I love the re-saw shot, it must have felt good.
This is one contorted customer though, I think you could mount him any side up although I agree with the chosen way.
Relieved is the last thing I feel at the end of this odyssey. Very happy for you and a little sad to see the end for me would be more accurate.
There’s really nothing more fun for me than re-inventing the wheel and you’ve certainly shown that it’s a trait we share. Your do-it-yourself marquetry style was lots of fun to watch and a complete success …. applause.
Oh yes the piece itself. Well my hat’s off to you Mike. It is just wonderful. I don’t think I could cut that finely with a scroll saw, just no good at it but I certainly can appreciate those that can.
Have a good summer and do try to squeeze some marquetry in. You can’t leave us up in the air all summer waiting to see how you will follow this.
Edit: BTW you can French polish over just about any other finish so go ahead and do a preliminary finish. Then you can put the glow on it later.

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

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