Improvinig My Marquetry Skills at The Canadian School of French Marquetry

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Blog entry by Woodbridge posted 09-16-2018 04:41 PM 2167 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired to give marquetry a try by the number of superb marquetry projects on Lumberjocks. I have played around with simple marquetry projects for a number of projects, cutting my marquetry by hand with a fret saw using the double bevel technique.

In particular I have followed the work of LJ’s Shipwright (Paul Miller). When Paul opened the Canadian School of French Marquetry several years ago I had hoped to one day make the trip to British Columbia (Canada) and learn from an expert.

This week I had the opportunity to complete the first of two week long course (Level 1 Boulle Style) in marquetry. The course was great. It has provided my with a strong foundation of the fundamentals of marquetry that you cannot get from simply reading books and watching U-Tube videos.

Trough the process of completing three marquetry projects, we learned about the overall marquetry process. Specifics included how to prepare an assembly board, how to organise and create your the veneer packets, cutting marquetry on the chevalet and how to assemble your parquetry project and mount it.

I have also come away with a strong appreciation of the utility and versatility of working with hot hide glue. We had a try at French Polish and Paul was great in helping to demystify the process of applying a French Polish. We also had an introduction and got to try our hand at hammer veneering.

Paul is an expert at marquetry, and as an instructor is adept at communicating and demonstrating the process and techniques in a way that is easily understood.

This passed week my marquetry skills have grown immensely and I’m looking forward to next week’s course Painting In Wood!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 09-16-2018 07:11 PM


Do you have any plans for integrating your improved skills?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-16-2018 07:13 PM

Good to see you’re OK. LOL!

maybe you’ll get to see Paul’s new boat.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 09-16-2018 07:43 PM

Ok Peter, now you are making the rest of us jealous . . . But the results look great. You’ve got a great teacher there, and now I’m wondering if any of your furniture at home will be having any marquetry modifications.
Enjoy your second week.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 09-17-2018 01:19 AM

You’re doing great work Peter. Too bad it’s only two weeks but at least we finally got together. See you tomorrow. The second week is even more fun!

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

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