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Marquetry School #1: First Students Tomorrow

09-21-2015 04:02 AM by shipwright | 36 comments »

My first marquetry course starts tomorrow morning. I’ve been preparing for a couple of weeks and I think I’m as prepared as I could be. The classroom The textbooks The work areas Glue making, packet assembly and mounting board materials The packets for the first étude. They get a choice of colour combinations Hammer veneering materials Wish me luck! Thanks for looking Paul

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Marquetry School #2: School's Out, a Learning Experience (good)

09-26-2015 08:26 PM by shipwright | 28 comments »

Well, it’s over. my first course in French marquetry, level one, ended yesterday and the consensus is that we all learned a lot. The students learned about French marquetry and I learned about teaching French marquetry. Thank you Len, Kendra, and Phil. I could not have asked for better, more enthusiastic first students.The topics covered were the making of grease paper and assembly of packets, cutting on the chevalets, assembly of motifs, filling with mastic and finally pressing to a...

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Marquetry School #3: CSFM, New Website and Enrollment Update

02-16-2016 04:02 AM by shipwright | 24 comments »

It’s been a while since my last blog but I’ve been busy. Among a lot of other things I managed to build the website for the newly named Canadian School of French Marquetry. I thought long and hard about what the name might be but this one suggested by my friend Mat Nedeljko seemed to be the best fit if it was OK with Patrick Edwards. The last thing I wanted to do was have him think I was “passing off” I had the opportunity to have dinner with Patrick when he was in ...

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Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #9: Rebranding, a Hide Glue Story

05-24-2016 12:50 AM by shipwright | 20 comments »

When I originally built the four new chevalets the school didn’t have an official name so I branded them with my usual cypher, PRM. Following the first round of classes last fall it became The Canadian School of French Marquetry so I decided to rebrand the chevalets. Here’s where it becomes a story about the virtues of hide glue. I was able to rehydrate the old glue holding the ciphers onto the chevy face plates and remove them without damage by applying hot water and driving i...

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Marquetry School #4: CSFM: New Class, New Students, New Facebook Presence

06-07-2016 05:14 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

The level one class / spring 2016 started today with four new students. We all had a great time and we all learned a few things, some about marquetry, some about teaching. The students did very well and all finished their first étude.Tomorrow will be self portrait day followed by preparation for the “big one” the final étude which is quite challenging. You can follow on our new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel if...

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Marquetry School #10: Spring 2017 Classes underway

06-11-2017 05:22 AM by shipwright | 16 comments »

First of all, last fall we left for Europe about two days after classes ended so I didn’t post any photos. Here are a few to catch up. This is Jim who was taking level one and two. I started him on the Monday and had a couple of days alone with him to get him started before the others came on Wednesday to do level three, the piece by piece class. On Wednesday, Karen and Kendra showed up and we got started on level three. I’m glad there were only three as teaching two...

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Marquetry School #14: Home School success!

11-02-2019 05:31 AM by shipwright | 12 comments »

My first student has just finished his level one interactive video course and it was a big success. He received over three hours of video instruction and sent me ten videos of his work for critique. We communicated on messenger several times a day. It really was just like he was here. I actually think that it is a better course for the student than being here. When I have students in class I can be a little laid back with the instruction sessions because if I forget something, they are rig...

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Marquetry School #11: This session is different!

09-16-2018 12:54 AM by shipwright | 10 comments »

I haven’t posted on this blog for a while because as the classes pass it’s really just more of the same but this fall’s classes have a little something different. Long time LJ buddy Peter Marcucci (woodbridge) has crossed the country to attend and is a star student. I’ve been looking forward to this for a few years now and we’re making the most of it. Only two students for level one and three for level two next week so I have time to spend with them all. There is somethin...

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Marquetry School #9: Prepping for Piece by Piece Course

08-20-2016 01:14 AM by shipwright | 5 comments »

Fall classes are rolling around in a few weeks and there’s something new. I now have students who have enough experience to benefit from a piece by piece class and two will be taking advantage this September. This means that I have to prepare a palette of colours, grain patterns, and species of veneer in packets of four for them to design their pieces around.Today, I selected and cut thirty-five packets complete with backers (no front “wasters” on piece by piece packets). To...

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