Marquetry Panels, "Greek & Roman Mythology" #1: Design, Artwork, & Color

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 08-02-2018 06:56 PM 1700 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These three marquetry panels are for a customer in Europe that I have made furniture for in the past. They have been waiting for almost three years for me to get started. They are history buffs and wanted three different panels. They sent me some pictures to go by.

To design the project I use AutoCad, then using colored pencils to help me figure out which types of veneer to use.

The size of each panel is 13” wide x 42” long.

1. Athena: The Goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare. “Greek Mythology”

2. Mars: The God of War, “Roman Mythology”

3: Medusa: Generally described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazers upon her face would turn to stone. “Greek Mythology”

The faces, of the three men are unknown to me. This should be a fun project for me since just finishing up three life size statues, and 2 1/2 years, this will be a much faster project.

Thank you for looking!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 08-02-2018 07:01 PM

In true Dennis fashion, this won’t be easy or simple, will it? :)

Looks pretty good. It looks like your design pretty well contemplates how the pieces will need to be cut. You going to be using dyed veneers for colors or going to try and go all natural with the veneer selections?

Always fun to watch you at work Dennis.

-- Gary in OP

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#2 posted 08-02-2018 08:58 PM

Thanks for posting, much appreciated. Looking forward to the rest.


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#3 posted 08-02-2018 09:08 PM

Looks pretty challenging – - but then it wouldn’t keep you interested if it wasn’t ! Look forward to watching the journey!

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#4 posted 08-02-2018 09:38 PM

Amazing work….really like it. Thanks for showing us.

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#5 posted 08-02-2018 10:55 PM

will be fun to watch your progress looks like another item in my favorites :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 08-03-2018 12:38 AM

Looking good Dennis. Welcome back to the marquetry world. We’ve missed you!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 08-03-2018 05:19 AM

Didn’t I just make that last week? Your awesome Dennis, super work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 08-04-2018 07:11 PM

Thank you everyone for your kind words, Iv’e been on this Lumberjocks web site for around 10 years and I still have fun posting.

Hi Gary, I’ll use a mix of some dyed veneers but mostly natural veneers. And It won’t be easy but it should be fun.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 08-07-2018 01:08 AM

You are a true professional Dennis, well done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 10-10-2018 04:26 PM

Looking forward to reading your complete blog on this Dennis. Your work is always fascinating and top quality.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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