When I decided to make the change to thick (1/16” or 1.5mm) veneer for my marquetry I knew it was a big and expensive step. The first part was to establish an inventory of exotic sawn veneer from Les Fils de J George in Paris but that wasn’t the end of it.
Before I made that trip and purchased that material I was aware of the thick, albeit sliced, veneer available at Certainly Wood right here in North America. Their selection is not much in the exotics but very good in the basic domestic hardwoods and a few imports. With this in mind I concentrated on exotic species in Paris planning to fill out my palette with less expensive sliced material at a later date. These species would become the backgrounds for my exotic weighted marquetry.
Well today my inventory was filled out with the arrival of the following from Certainly Wood. Upon opening the 4’ X 20” package, the first thing that struck me was how big the pieces are. Most of this was in the ten foot range which I had cut down for shipping but the widths were the thing that caught my attention. The curly Maple is 19” at the widest and the Walnut is 16”. the others you can estimate but for a total outlay of under $400 I now have the ability to expand my horizons and start looking at bigger pieces ….. furniture rather than just pretty boxes.
I should add that the East Indian Laurel Burl is standard thin but I love the color and figure. I will back it with thinner material or double it if I use it with the 1.5mm stuff.
Alder (mislabeled Maple ….. by me)
Cherry (mislabeled Alder …. by me)
East Indian Laurel Burl
About the mislabeling, I was expecting some plain maple as well and as it looks similar to alder, I made the slip and followed it up by calling the cherry alder… What can I say? If they aren’t boat building woods, I’m not that good.
Now I am finally out of excuses and its “Damn the torpedoes” time…. Full speed ahead with the thick veneer era in my marquetry journey. ..... after I post the project I’m currently finishing up …...
Thanks for looking in.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/