Sorry to keep you in suspense Mike but I got a little busy with preparing the real Friendship for the water. I didn’t completely abandon the project however. It just got fewer hours. The last photo I posted was of the background for the right door all set up on the assembly board ready for all those little pieces to get glued in.
First a word about the process. The ground is glued down with hot hide glue and then more glue is applied to a small area at a time and the parts in that area are assembled. Working a few pieces at a time, the process goes on until it is complete. In the case of this particular piece, I won’t be adding the rigging lines until after the marquetry is assembled to its final substrate. The lines are cut but will be re-cut with a knife to clean them up and straighten any spots where it may be needed.
I got a little carried away and got the whole hull done before I stopped to take a photo so the first one shows the boat itself mostly complete and the jib being fitted. This is where it tried to go sideways on me.
I’m not going to go into sand shading here in general as I have covered it before as have better marqueteurs than I. What I will go into is the learning experience I had on this assembly. In the photo above the shaded jib is in place at the bottom but about a half inch to the right at the top. That’s caused by the drying and re-hydrating of the large piece of veneer. It looks bad but I’ve dealt with this before on “Little Cabinetree” and was half expecting it. The bottom line is that the piece was the right shape once and you just have to re-balance the moisture to return it to that shape. Sounds easy right?
In the photo below I have glued down the bottom and twisted the top into its proper place. Then with a little mist of water, a hair dryer and slight pressure from my hand I slowly brought it back to shape.
In this one the outer half of the main has been over-shaded (I’m going to replace it later) and has gotten really out of shape. With the same process in the next photos it is coaxed back into a fit.
The learning that went on was about why the shading went so badly. I’ve done a fair amount of reasonably good sand shading but still I did a very poor job on these pieces. I believe that the problem was that I didn’t have a large enough sand container with deep enough sand to shade these large pieces while maintaining adequate control over the process. I also think that 1/54” thick holly burns really quickly.
Enough with my problems. What you really wanted to see was if all these bits would fit inside those borders, right?
Well here they are.
I’m not all that happy with the shading on either of them but they will do. The important thing is that I get to do a better job with the other two (below). I think they will be wall art and as such will have to be better.
Thanks for dropping by.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/