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Blog series by shipwright updated 01-06-2014 12:16 AM 6 parts 22793 reads 117 comments total

Part 1: Double Bevel or Conical Style

06-11-2011 01:51 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

When I posted the clipper ship marquetry for my Canadian chevalet, there was some confusion about the different styles of cutting marquetry and the terminology conected thereto. I will try here, using examples from some of my work, to clear up the confusion. First of all, let me say that these are all methods for sawing marquetry. Knife methods are not something I have much experience with and while they have similarities I won’t include knife cutting here. Double Bevel Marquetry ...

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Part 2: Boulle Style

06-11-2011 07:48 PM by shipwright | 16 comments »

This style is named for one of the great masters, Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) and it differs from double bevel style in several ways. In both Boulle style and Classic style, which I’ll cover next, it is imperative that the blade is at exactly 90 degrees to the work, both vertically and horizontally.Also in both these styles cutting is done in a “packet” of veneers rather than piece by piece as is done in double bevel. This results in several pieces of identical shape on...

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Part 3: Classic Style

06-12-2011 04:39 PM by shipwright | 16 comments »

The Classic Style is the most difficult of the saw cut styles to master. It involves cutting each piece separately, from packets of veneer, each composed of only one color or species. It’s considerable advantage is that it can produce as many identical motifs as the number of layers in your packets. This can reduce the labor and increase the speed of production of pieces with repetitive motifs or enable the production of several identical pieces. The first step as in other styles is ...

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Part 4: "Painting in Wood"

05-03-2012 12:58 AM by shipwright | 27 comments »

At last I have photos to describe one more saw cutting marquetry style. I’m new to this one and didn’t feel up to trying to describe it without good photos. The “Painting in Wood” style of marquetry cutting dates to early 17th century France and gets its name from the relationship of the typical subject material to the work of the painters of the period. The brightly colored baskets of fruit and flowers typical of many pieces of this period are examples of this styl...

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Part 5: Conical Cutting on the Chevalet

12-22-2012 05:22 PM by shipwright | 19 comments »

In the segment on conical or double bevel cutting, I was using the scrollsaw as it was before my discovery of the chevalet. Since I built my first chevalet I have concentrated on packet cutting where the blade angle is always exactly 90 degrees. While the tool was originally developed and is best suited to this square cutting, it can accommodate conical style. This is accomplished by replacing the sacrificial jaw parts with new pieces cut at the desired angle. Obviously this has limitati...

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Part 6: Repeating Patterns : Guilloche in Piece by Piece

01-06-2014 12:16 AM by shipwright | 22 comments »

I was doing a piece by piece experiment today with an eye to a new project I have in mind and thought it would make an appropriate addition to this blog series. I have touched on piece by piece or classic style already I know but this is a little different application. My project requires about 48” of guilloche about 2” high. (I am using one of the free patterns from craftsmanspace.com.) To get the length I need I will require around 30 repetitions of the basic pattern. I assem...

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