Two Marquetry pieces

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 08-31-2018 10:56 PM 1364 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed to do a quick marquetry piece for our Local Marquetry Guild Show. My daughter wanted to participate also so we had a challenge. Do a piece that was simple but appealing. Here is our results. Mine was the “Lady in a Hat” and my daughters the “Bird of Hope” I have been doing marquetry for several years now and this is my daughters third piece. It isn’t fair, I think she won the challenge. What do you think?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 08-31-2018 11:21 PM

W’denw’, #1 picture is simple but expressive… love it… a little bit of “lippy” goes a long way. Maybe I belong to the politically incorrect era when ”sexy” was not a dirty word…

Sorry, daughter (pickie #2)... Bloody great effort from her (and a WOW for the choice of timber… [just a tad better than yours]), but at times KISS… and you seem to have the lips for it.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 11:26 PM

John, I think your daughter won ;)

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#3 posted 08-31-2018 11:50 PM

Too close to call John. What background veneer did she use? Cocobolo? Kingwood?
Yours is classic!
I lik them both, glad I don’t have to judge. :-)

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

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#4 posted 09-01-2018 12:29 AM

Congratulations for an excellent gene pool! Yes, both are beautiful, my vote’s with the bird of hope. The wood selection is perhaps a little flashy for the Japanesque, her composition is superb. What I like most is her creation of shadow in the origami bird. Excellent work.

Don’t worry though, you created one very classy lady and a nice hat too.

“Oops… another design opportunity.”

-- Glenn Simpson, Chico CA

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#5 posted 09-01-2018 01:18 AM

Both are excellent pieces!



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#6 posted 09-01-2018 01:20 AM

Those are both great.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 09-01-2018 01:34 AM

Bird of Hope is my vote too.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 09-01-2018 01:35 AM

Y’all forgetting John has provided TWO ladies for this challenge!

Congrats for both!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#9 posted 09-01-2018 02:06 AM

They are both winners. Well done to father and daughter.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 09-01-2018 02:16 AM

What background veneer did she use? Cocobolo? Kingwood?

- shipwright

Looks a lot like this rosewood TV unit I made a long time ago.

I like your daughters, the bird is making a wake in the water, very cool

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#11 posted 09-01-2018 02:51 AM

Jbay; You are correct the bird of hope background is Rosewood.

Thanks for all the kind words. I am OK with my daughter winning the challenge. After all I taught her everything she knows. Although she would deny it.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 09-01-2018 04:42 AM

I must agree with Paul (shipwright). Either one would make me stop to take a second and third look. Too close to call with such beautiful craftsmanship.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 09-01-2018 05:45 PM

I think they are both masterpieces. I would be more than happy having either on my walls. To be honest I think it’s a dead heat. Well done to both of you.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#14 posted 09-01-2018 10:23 PM

Woodenwizard , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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

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#15 posted 09-02-2018 12:06 AM

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree John. Your daughter has skills! Competition aside, both are stunning, unique, classy, etc., etc.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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