Combining my Passions: Friendship Marquetry. #9: Clearing up the Distractions /Back to the Project.

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Well the wind was blowing and I did go sailing but it was somewhat spoiled by having to look at those doors. Between the poor marquetry and the just plain wrong colors in my veneer choices I knew I couldn’t live with them for long. So off I set to replace them.

First of all I cut a new albatross but in more subdued colors this time, maple and walnut instead of holly and grey.

In for a penny, in for a pound I guess. Why not put a couple of my favorite orcas on the insides? This time my sea color is mahogany which is the trim wood on the boat already. I used cedar for the skies, also already extensively used on the boat.

Since I was going to rout the panels out and replace them I thought I’d do a better finish on the ports. These are the inside and outside rings I made up on the lathe.

I used my pin router to cut accurate circles.

Here they are installed. I’ll post better detail photos in a project post soon. I think you have to agree that the veneer choices better suit the application. The old ones below just seem to clash with the boat to me.

And finally, here are the insides. They have the same field as the outsides but different marqutery.

So with the distractions gone there is movement on the original Friendship marquetry back in the shop. Remember? The actual subject of this blog. It seems like a long time ago, but I’m back to it at last, at least on days without whitecaps in the bay.

I’ll catch you up on that one next time.

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 439 days ago

Nice! Such a sweet boat with all the personal detail. I love it..

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#2 posted 439 days ago

Paul, I’ve not been around much lately but I peek in from time to time. It is nice to watch your progress. The new doors look great btw. I couldn’t recall what you were planning for the old doors, maybe you’ll build them into a cabinet? Cheers.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 439 days ago

Paul, you are true perfectionist and artist… It’s GOT to be right… or not at all… LOL

You’re doing GREAT!

Thank you for sharing your feelings and actions…

Yes, your boat is also spotless…

I see an apparent smoke-stack coming out the right side by the doors, looking forward…
With your doors open, I can’t see if there is a stove there or not…
What does the inside look like?
I know, you were showing the doors… I saw the killer whales… All very nice.

Thank you/

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

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#4 posted 439 days ago

Paul, I agree with your assessment, I find the veneer selections on this redo much more appropriate for Friendship, and I especially like the Orca’s on the inside. Very cool.

The new hatch cover looks awfully good too!

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

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 439 days ago

What an awesome sailboat and some beautiful woodwork. always a pleasure to see your newest work…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#6 posted 439 days ago

Here you go Joe. It’s a Dickinson Newport solid fuel (wood) heater. The photo was taken when I was installing it. (It was a retrofit) There is now a short riser board on the front of the stove shelf to better separate it from the upholstery, but it is a very small fire, easily controlled and very safe. Gives a great dry heat in cold weather too. I love it.

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

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#7 posted 439 days ago

The new marquetry absolutely solves the issue :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#8 posted 439 days ago

Amazing transformation Paul. The doors look absolutely wonderful with the boat now and the Orcas are beautiful too. It’s great that you can combine your interests in sailing with your marquetry art.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 439 days ago

Gal Dang It, that looks like a wonderful boat.
Lots of love in all the right places.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 439 days ago

Paul, you must have the finest detailed boat in the marina. Nice job. I know what you mean about looking at something you did and not being happy with it having to change it!!

I love that wood heater. it is so cool and just what you would need in the boat!!

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

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#11 posted 439 days ago

Paul, that is amazing. Looking great! Anytime something turns out less that perfect for you feel free to send it my way ;-)

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#12 posted 438 days ago

Great looking set of doors and porthole rings. Like that wood stove and the entire boat. Glad you were
able to enjoy a day out with the Friendship and the wind. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#13 posted 438 days ago

I liked the doors pretty well before but I have to admit, these ‘fit’ the scheme better. Love the Orcas!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 438 days ago

I like them all but it’s your boat. Nice work.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 438 days ago


Thanks for all the great photos so we can enjoy your boat without even getting out on the water. The upgrades really look fantastic.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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