Marquetry Art (Italian Method)

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Project by Eric in Florida. posted 10-08-2013 08:48 PM 1949 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A member of my woodworkers guild is a highly accomplished Marquetry Artist.
He was kind enough to put on a class for us, and this is what I made.
Marquetry is a very beautiful way to express wood grain, pattern and color.
It was also very difficult for an old fumble fingers like me to manipulate all the small pieces into place. haha
It also takes some exacting scroll saw cutting.
I cut splines into the frame edges and inserted pieces of the veneer we used to make the pictures, to show how thin the material is that you work with.
I thought this was a cool way of showing that, and the contrast in color added a little something as well.
Both these pieces have five different species of wood and the shading on the flower and leaf edges is done by dipping each piece into hot sand to slightly scorch them.
The frames are made with tiger stripped maple I won in a contest and have wonderful color. And I added a Lexan frame face to protect the fragile pieces.
Finish was boiled linseed oil.
This was very fun and something I may get in to a little further.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#1 posted 10-08-2013 08:55 PM

Those really came out great, Eric. I’d love to try it, but I just don’t think I’m up to it. You dun good!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-08-2013 09:05 PM

Eric those are very neat
I definitely don’t have nimble enough fingers
I admire those who can though


-- 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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#3 posted 10-08-2013 09:24 PM

Very nice Eric. Looks like those “fumble” fingers did just fine

-- Harold

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#4 posted 10-08-2013 09:33 PM

Nice job on the pictures.

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

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#6 posted 10-08-2013 10:12 PM

These are amazing Eric! Great job. I would love to learn how to do that, but I would need to improve alot to get to the “Fumble Finger” stage. LOL Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 10-09-2013 01:00 AM

sweet work eric

always good to go where
‘fingers haven’t been before’

always something new

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 10-09-2013 02:30 AM

Very nice and I would hang that on my wall anytime .
It’s a wonderful and creative way to make a picture and you have done well !

-- Kiefer 松

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#9 posted 10-09-2013 02:36 AM

Very nice marquetry pieces , Eric!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....................Jim

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

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 05:34 AM

great work Wrecker.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 10-09-2013 05:46 AM

beautiful! so cool to see so many styles!

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#12 posted 10-09-2013 06:05 AM

Very well done Eric. You had a good teacher.
Your sand shading is excellent and you are obviously better than I am with the scroll saw.
As for the big old “fumble fingers”, tweezers are a big help sometimes and the tool in this post is even better. There’s a little video at the end that shows how it’s used.
Good luck with your marquetry, but I warn you it’s a slippery slope. ..... :-)

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

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#13 posted 10-09-2013 07:46 AM

Real art, nice frames too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-09-2013 10:32 AM

Pretty Work Eric!

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

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#15 posted 10-09-2013 10:47 AM

What patience you have Eric! These are beautiful.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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