Friendship Marquetry ... the Other Two

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I cut this marquetry in classic style from packets of four layers of veneer. The first two now adorn the doors of my desk and were posted over a week ago. These were almost finished then as well but I’ve spent too much time sailing to get them done until now. This retired life is rough.

These two are finished off as wall art with a slightly different background and completely different formatting. The backgrounds behind the ovals are redwood burl (thanks Elaine) and the frames are short grain cedar veneer (from the same stack of cedar as Friendship’s hull) with an edging of Honduras mahogany.

Take a look at the actual shoreline in the background of photo two. That’s Separation Point in Cowichan Bay BC from my deck. It was the model for the ground in the marquetry. A little license was taken to maximize the grain structures in the poplar burl but it’s pretty close.

Photo four is an attempt to capture the reflectivity of the french polish finish. (It’s really a challenge to photograph these reflections but I’m working on it)

There’s a blog on this marquetry here if you are interested.

Thanks for looking in


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 381 days ago

Nice one. I really mike your “marines”, I can feel you know what sailing is.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#2 posted 381 days ago

Very nice Paul, I like the darker shore background in these two.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 381 days ago

Those look very nice Paul

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#4 posted 381 days ago

nice reflection of flowers…that is shine (or is it sheen)! More “woodworking” videos!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 381 days ago

Perfect beauty of natural veneer!
Great, my dear friend Paul!


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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 381 days ago

Outstanding, Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!.............cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 381 days ago

Beautiful work Paul, the shine on those panels is fantastic!

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

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#8 posted 381 days ago

I didn’t even have to look at the name of the person submitting this project on the main page, it was so obviously yours Paul. More great marquetry, I always admire your talent, excellent job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#9 posted 381 days ago

You’ve certainly captured your wonderful view in this work. Beautiful work once again.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 381 days ago


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 381 days ago

i think you have to many photos of friendship, and these last 2 are so beautiful, i wonder how one would look here in my room…oh i just wonder…i can wonder , cant…there so beautiful.happy sailing paul…

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

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#12 posted 381 days ago

Such nice work Paul. You are a woodworker, AND an artist, and a friend.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#13 posted 381 days ago

Nicely done Paul…great job on the french polish too! Now where are these going to find a home?

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

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#14 posted 381 days ago

Wonderful use of the chevalet and marquetry. It is tough when you have to chose between sailing and
making beautiful wooden pictures of sailing, but I am happy that you manage to accomplish both. Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 381 days ago


-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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