Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #1: Cutting Paper and preparing Marquetry Packs

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 07-23-2013 06:11 PM 6085 reads 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some of new have seen our new project on other posts. We had a pretty good success with our first series, the 4 copies were sold in a year.

We are going to revisit this box sold at Christie’s if my memory is good.
The picture quality is not great, but we enjoyed the composition and decided to use it as a ground for our new design.

The design has been finished for couple weeks now, and for the past couple days we have been working on preparing for marquetry cutting.

As I am using piece by piece technique in order to end up with 4 copies, after the drawing are completed I start cutting each individual piece on paper, as pattern for cutting.

Each cut pieces are placed according to position on a tray

And each tray is dedicated to a panel for the box

The top part is a little too complicated and too big to set in one tray

So I divided it in 3 trays, the inside cartouche with the bird

The oval scrolls and acanthus

Then the corners that i need to cut

When I am done cutting those las papers, I will start cutting real marquetry, as Patrick Edwards in the meantime has been preparing the palette of color, with sawn veneers.

The first picture to cut is the inside panel so Patrick can start building the box

The numbers are the chosen veneers positions, and the paper patterns are glued on those packs

The packs are secured by riveting nails in between pieces

Lets go cut something!!!!!


-- Patrice lejeune

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 07:44 PM

Very cool. Can’t wait for the next post. This is very informative.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 12:58 AM

Very interesting Patrice, I can’t wait to see the next post.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 04:01 AM

Hey how about sending me the pattern? LOL

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 01:04 PM


Thank you for documenting your marquetry work, It’s very inspiring. I hope to try my hand at some of this one day.


-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#5 posted 07-31-2013 04:02 AM

Hey Patrice, Great blog series…I feel like I am right there with you in Stage 2 again seeing these pics.

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

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 12:23 PM

Im curious ,what the commission on this project is ,4 or 5 zero’s . Are you at 200man or women hr’s or will this be 500 plus. I admire those commissions , be blessed.

-- nick brown , [email protected]

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#7 posted 08-20-2013 05:06 PM

Thanks for the comments. Patrick made me put a copyright on the patterns for the box.

The previous box was a 200 hour each project, 800 total. I am affraid that one is more on the 300 hours side, but we did presell the 2 first a 200…

So it is definitely on the 4 zero’s side, mainly because we use piece by piece and do 4 copies, it reduces part of the cost on our end, but it is not a unique piece, there is 4 of them, so not as “valuable” to client’s eyes.


-- Patrice lejeune

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#8 posted 08-20-2013 08:25 PM

how thick is the veneer you are using? looks kind of thick. Can’t wait for the next blog. This is very interesting. I’ve wanted to try this for a long time but haven’t understood it well enough to try. Thank you for sharing

-- Margery

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#9 posted 08-21-2013 09:40 AM

Great blog and a good learning experience Patrice. Thanks for sharing this with us. I like the idea of cutting out the individual pattern pieces which allows for getting the proper grain directions and I also imagine that it can also result in using the veneers with a minimum of waste. The box is an amazing piece of work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 08-21-2013 06:42 PM

The veneer is 1/16”, and yes, piece by piece, allow to do multiple copies, save a bit in veneer, and each pieces can be place exactly where you want to select grain directions or characteristics.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#11 posted 11-13-2015 08:28 AM

very good this project
do you can send this pattern for me?

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#12 posted 11-13-2015 08:29 AM

very good this project
do you can send this pattern for me?

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#13 posted 11-13-2015 05:15 PM

I am sorry jvad but all our creations are copyrighted and our clients would not like other copies to appear after buying limited editions. I suggest you take a look at Pierre Ramond’s book marquetry and the 3 volumes of masterwork of marquetry which have a lot of designs in them. Check on how to use them with there copyrights but the actual existing antique pieces the drawings represent are no more under such protections.

-- Patrice lejeune

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