Combining my Passions: Friendship Marquetry. #10: Update on the Four Friendship Motifs plus a Video

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When I left off (over a month ago) to chase shiny things and re-do a couple of real boat issues, I had just finished assembling the two motifs for the desk doors on mounting boards. I had made a video to show part of the assembly but hoped to do a better job of it when I did the second set. It’s not that I thought this one was so bad as that I wanted to show the colors coming together. As it happens I didn’t get a better video so I’ll show you this one. It’s only real drawback is that in this particular assembly the re-enforcing paper is up so you don’t see the colors of the pieces. That’s because this is the mirror image door. At any rate you’ll get an idea of how I do the assembly and ... how damn fast I am!

After the assemblies on butcher’s paper the two door motifs were pressed and backed with some oak book matches. I’ve thrown in the photo of the original desk for comparison. You may notice that I re-did the sails with the particularly bad shading.

And here are the backs.

Next up was to get the other two assembled. I chose to go with my favorite shape, the oval and surround it with some really nice redwood burl (courtesy of my good friend Elaine).

The setup shown here differs a bit from the one in the video a month back as in the mean time I made a wonderful tool that is a great helper in this work. It is lying on the lower right side of the board. I also acquired some pieces of thick acrylic to place over assembled areas. This is a trick from ASFM and it works a treat. It keeps the new pieces nice and flat and doesn’t stick down.

Here is the teaser I dropped at the end of the saga of the cabin doors . It shows the almost fully assembled wall art version. As of today, both are at this point and they will be getting pressed soon.

There’s still a long way to go here. I will be cutting in all the rigging by hand after the pieces are pressed onto substrates. I have no idea how well (or badly) that will go. Wish me luck.

Thanks for looking in.

Questions etc. always welcome.


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

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#1 posted 401 days ago

Paul you have done a wonderful work, thanks for the video.

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#2 posted 401 days ago

All of these pieces came out perfect and beautiful, as your work normally does, and at impressive speed. In fact, Paul you are fast enough to get a job assembling electronic gadgets in Indonesia! Seeing your mirror image marquetries on your desk made me wonder why the cloud was not also mirror imaged, although the lack of symmetry does make it more interesting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 401 days ago

You are fast. good thing the glue was hot to keep up with you!! Nice job, Jim

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

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#4 posted 401 days ago

Really beautiful Paul. It’s amazing what you can do with a little wood.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 401 days ago

Beautiful panels, but man, you really need a Mac, that peecee under your desk is an eye whore.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#6 posted 401 days ago

I like the way that the waves go through the side of the oval into the redwood burl.

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 401 days ago

Awesome work… Beautiful!

Thank you.

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

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#8 posted 401 days ago

truly amazing…i missed this blog series…and no time to read the details—-YET…but cant wait to have time to go back and read all the details…just with photos an skimming text this is such an awesome project…I have seen your marquetry but this one makes me really want to try it…such art…so impressive…

MOVING BACK TO NAPA NEXT WEEK!!!! Will have space to build boats again!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 401 days ago

Beautiful Marquetry, Paul.

You are the fastest marquetry man in the world!!! lol

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 401 days ago

Very nice Paul, I wish I could work that fast!

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

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#11 posted 401 days ago

Amazing work Paul, BEAUTIFUL!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#12 posted 400 days ago

Thanks everyone.

Mike, In router marquetry all the pieces are done one at a time so it took no extra work to upset the symmetry a little. I’ve been waiting years for someone to notice it. ........ Thanks!

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

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#13 posted 400 days ago

Is there any place left in your home with room for more marquetry?

-- Patrice lejeune

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#14 posted 400 days ago

Very little Patrice.

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

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#15 posted 399 days ago

So cool.

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