Sgabello di Fossacesia #6: Marquetry Panel - Take Two

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Blog entry by Woodbridge posted 09-08-2014 11:10 PM 2080 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Creating the marquetry panel – version 1 Part 6 of Sgabello di Fossacesia series Part 7: Shaping and Final Assembly - Almost Done. »

You can probably guess, given the time lapse between this post and my last one, that following the decision to redo the parquetry panel I did loose a bit of momentum on this project.

However, I did cut a second marquetry panel and I am back on track.

I made a few changes from the first version. I adjusted the size to better fit the top of the oar. One of the things I did not like about the first version was my choice to use dyed blue veneer for the sky and the cartoon like clouds. This time I choose natural wood colours and I like this much better. I decided not to add the rope. Finally I framed the picture with a thin walnut border. The edges of the panel are oak veneer to match the oak oar. Here is the new panel along side the picture I based it on.

I’m much happier with this version and I feel the colour choices compliment the chair much better than version one.

On to final assembly of the legs to the seat and glueing the veneer panel to the back.

Thanks for stopping by.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 11:49 PM

The right hand picture is fine – but rather decorative/poster like. The new one with wood colours is very appealing, with something of a Japanese flavour to it – oriental anyway.


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#2 posted 09-09-2014 12:00 AM

WOW !!! Love the “waves” in the water. Your attention to detail is amazing.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#3 posted 09-09-2014 12:55 AM


I’m sticking with the clouds! LOL! This time you got the feel of it! Great piece! Congratulations!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 09-09-2014 02:04 AM

amazing Peter, carving, marquetry, original designs, story telling. In a world filled with plastic, osb board, laser engraving, CNC carving, and 3-D printers, it’s so nice to see someone work with their hands. You are the Man!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 09-09-2014 02:57 AM

That looks good but the problem with creating an item is that we always find a way to criticise some little detail or question the the whole .
I liked the first version as well and the only way I will be able to to pick a preference is seeing the complete chair .
I hope you find the solution to your liking and I am sure we all will be impressed with the final result .

Take care Klaus

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 09-09-2014 03:30 AM

I’m glad you re-did the marquetry Peter, not because it wasn’t good enough but because it wasn’t good enough for you. We have to be able to love our work before we can ask others to love it. Bravo!

This time it is special and it is easy to see the things you learned from the first run. The chair will be very special.

Thanks for sharing this.

-- 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 09-09-2014 07:14 AM

WOW! is right! I really like the simplification of the scene in this version. You are really doing justice to this future heirloom.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 09-09-2014 08:20 AM

This came out super nice Peter. I liked the first one, but when I went back to compare I was amazed at the difference. Sometimes what is left out of a marquetry is just as important as what is included and you struck the right balance with this one. It looks so natural now with the different colors too. I love how you did the water and the shadow. I always respect a craftsman who is willing to go the extra mile like you did here to get the desired result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 09-09-2014 06:04 PM

Bravo Peter! I am late to the party but have read this series with interest. Your concept and execution of the chair design are excellent. I also prefer your second marquetry execution especially how you reoriented the shadow in the water. I would probably have simplified the clouds even more but you captured the essence of the scene well. Can’t wait to see the next step

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

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#10 posted 09-09-2014 06:35 PM

Thanks everyone for your interest, kind comments and encouragement. They are very much appreciated.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 09-09-2014 08:06 PM

I can’t wait to see it all come together.
This is going to be amazing.
Amen Mark.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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