Boulle Chevalet Demo for the Guild

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I have been asked to do a chevalet and marquetry demonstration for the Vancouver Island Woodworkers’ Guild at their September meeting. I have about an hour …... not much time if I want to describe the process, even very generally and still demonstrate the tool and have a finished motif to show for it.

I wanted to actually cut and assemble something that would be suitable and relevant to the group and decided upon the guild’s logo as a project. I am guessing that any more than a half hour of watching someone cut on a chevy would put the most avid student to sleep so I set that as my maximum allowable time and did this set of motifs to time test the process.

The design is an inkscape tracing of a photo of the guild’s name badge (photo #2) and is cut in Boulle style in a packet of six layers. The cutting took about 35 minutes and the assembly took about the same. Given that I can talk and cut at the same time and that I will enlist the help of five members for the assembly, I think I can do it all in about an hour ….. or so.

I have another packet already made up and I think I will pre-cut the letters and just do the plane at the demo. It’s easier to talk and cut pictures than it is to talk and cut letters. Then I will assemble one and have volunteers assemble the others along with me. When it’s all done we’ll have draws for all twelve. This is a finished project from my standpoint because this is the condition in which they will be given away. The recipients will be able to take them home and mount them as they wish on their tool boxes, shop cabinets, chisel boxes or whatever.

Edit: Before anyone asks, they are backwards because you are looking at the backs.

Thanks for looking and wish me luck.

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

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#1 posted 357 days ago

Very cool. You may get me into marquetry yet.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 357 days ago

Paul…you don’t need luck because you have the skills. I know your demo will turn out great…!

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#3 posted 357 days ago

Now that is the way to have a hands on demo Paul !
Love what you picked as a demo piece and that you are taking the Chevy to the meeting is just great .
This will be a event that will not be forgotten by all that will attend .
Have a good time and I am sure you will make some good friends doing this .

-- Kiefer 松

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 357 days ago

Good Luck!

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

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 357 days ago

Incredible work. To cut all that out in a half hour speaks well of your skill and the utility of the tools you are using. Its very interesting to think that all those combinations are cut from the same packet and then arranged into the impressive product.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 357 days ago

great idea Paul.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 357 days ago

Your work is always enjoyable to see Paul.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#8 posted 357 days ago

I think your presentation will be a big hit with the guild members Paul, and I’m sure they will be delighted to receive those marquetry works too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 357 days ago

Paul good thinking
Here in the UK we talk about “Blue Peter” (yes the ship) or here is one I made
Allow plenty of time for questions, halfway and at the end. Don’t answer a 4yr
old’s question, that can take an hour LoL

Most of all have fun and good luck.


-- 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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#10 posted 357 days ago

Wow that is great Paul, excellent idea. Every one will come away from that meeting richer from your knowledge and expertise in the art of marquetry. You have nothing to worry about.

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

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#11 posted 357 days ago

Very kool Paul. Have at it. :)

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

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#12 posted 357 days ago

See, I even said you would be teaching in no time.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#13 posted 357 days ago

Very nice. They turned out good.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#14 posted 357 days ago

Nice work Paul.
I would love to take a course taught by you.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 357 days ago

With Demo’s Paul it’s all in the planning, & I am sure this with your skills in “the make” it will be a howling success.
All the best, bet they will be more than happy to have sure a great representation of their logo. :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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