Chevalet Demo at Sooke Fine Art Show

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07-28-2015 12:34 AM

Some photos of my chevalet demos at the Sooke Fine Art Show on Saturday. There was lots of interest and several people took course outlines and registration forms for my new marquetry courses. I’m building four new chevalets to allow me to have five students per class. You can watch the progress in this blog.

It was great fun to meet new people and introduce them to this wonderful old tool and the work it is able to do.

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

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#1 posted 07-28-2015 12:41 AM

Very nice!

Good experience!

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

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#2 posted 07-28-2015 12:48 AM

Bravo, Paul.
By the bye. I believe it was you who recommended GF 450 for the pickup bed boards. I’m using it now. Whooda thunk it? Acrylic. It’s pretty muchthe same thing as automotive clear coat, innit? Dries fast. I’ve been cooking on this since about 9 this morning, and I have 4 coats on, light sanding between. (That’s one of the six sides of each of the eight boards.) Thanks for the tip. It’s starting to look real sharp. I hope the show side looks even better.
I see your Friendship piece on the easel there. That’s one fine work, sir.

When Life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life’ll be all Whaaat?

-- Mark

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#3 posted 07-28-2015 01:17 AM

Paul, I think what you are doing is so amazing. You seem to be single handedly reviving a tool and tradition worthy of Les Compagnons.

I am inspired by your work and the ease of which you’ve gotten students. Your marketing model is one I will be copying.

Even though I’m in the process of moving, I still plan to make a humidor showing at the Primary Elements Gallery Stormy Arts Festival this November in Cannon beach.

I’ve discovered that there is nothing in my new home town of McMinnville, OR to do with woodworking. I’m thinking I might start some classes too.

Thanks for all sharing all your great ideas Paul, and congratulations on your awards and your success!


-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 07-28-2015 01:45 AM

Great job, Paul.

I’m glad to see that you are passing some of your vast knowledge on to others.

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#5 posted 07-28-2015 06:13 AM

I’m glad you are sharing with your community. Its people like you that make a difference in passing on valuable skills. Thanks for allowing us to watch along.

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

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#6 posted 07-28-2015 06:41 AM

Paul, do you have any more info on when you’re going to do classes? I could probably hop a ferry up easy enough.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#7 posted 07-28-2015 02:10 PM

Great You got a good start of lining up some students and I am sure it will grow from here .Taking the chevalet to the show is a great idea giving interest party’s a first hand experience not just a look at some samples of your work to admire .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 07-28-2015 03:31 PM

Thanks all,

Jerry and Klaus, I don’t have any students actually signed up yet but the interest in the course surprised me.
I have had a few serious inquiries since and tomorrow the course outline goes out in a newsletter to the local arts community and in another to our local woodworking guild where I have done a demo in the past. I’m optimistic.

Jeff, at this point I’m proposing two dates for the courses: Aug 17-21 and Sept 21-25. They are five day courses so it would require a bit more than jumping on the ferry but I would help find accomodation for anyone who was coming from “away”.

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

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#9 posted 07-28-2015 04:32 PM

Nice going Paul. Go chevalet Go.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#10 posted 07-28-2015 06:14 PM

Very nice display booth and demo set up Paul… you certainly have built up a nice portfolio of work to demonstrate what is possible with this art. Glad to hear that there is interest in your classes.

How was the response to the Jewelry Box?

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

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#11 posted 07-28-2015 06:27 PM

Glad to hear that your demonstration was a great success again this year Paul. I’m sure that seeing you work on the Chevalet and some of the wonderful things you have created with it has stirred up a lot of interest and I have no doubt that your marquetry courses will be fully signed up before long.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 07-28-2015 08:31 PM

this makes me so happy paul to see you in your element, i bet your excited to get your classes going and to teach your new and upcoming students, bravo my friend, oh and your booth set up looks mighty fine, maybe you could sail some students out to an exotic island and have a week long class, how grand would that be….well maybe in your shop will be a good start, not a bad idea ….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 07-29-2015 02:28 AM

Paul, this is great and I’m very happy for the interest you have received in your classes. I have officially added it to my must do list one day.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#14 posted 07-29-2015 02:31 AM

I have to amend my remark from this morning about not having any actual students yet.
A woman came to the house at noon with a cheque.
It was her deposit and she is officially my first student.

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

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#15 posted 07-29-2015 08:28 PM

A big congratulations Paul on your first student. The first, and many, many more to come…

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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