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Blog series by shipwright updated 03-22-2017 11:44 PM 2 parts 3681 reads 64 comments total

Part 1: Getting the top marquetry done

03-18-2017 06:04 AM by shipwright | 38 comments »

My latest project will be a set of four boxes that may be used for collectables, silverware, or jewellery. They will feature the marquetry tops and parquetry sides of an iconic Jean Fran├žois Oeben mechanical table. Because I am cutting the marquetry in piece by piece technique, I will be getting four identical copies. All the veneer is 1/16” (1.5 mm) and is either shop sawn or from my Paris stock. As I have detailed this process before, I will move quickly through the steps covered s...

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Part 2: Shading and Border Assembly

03-22-2017 11:44 PM by shipwright | 26 comments »

In the first segment I covered a few months work to the point of assembled top marquetry. Things will slow down dramatically now as you will be up to date with my progress. Usually all the shading is done after cutting but this piece has a little twist. I noticed when I studied the high resolution representation of the original appearance that the feature Tulip and several other flowers actually used subtly different veneers to imply light and shadow. A closer examination of the article in...

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