Sandpipers for Sandpiper

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Project by shipwright posted 11-03-2019 12:31 AM 1506 views 6 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little decoration for the galley table on my new to me sailboat “Sandpiper”. I looked through a lot of photos before I found one I liked. It seems that sandpipers aren’t particularly pretty birds on the ground. In flight however it’s a different ball game.

What really makes this special is the single piece of Indian Rosewood veneer that forms the background. I have a few pieces like this with the sapwood in the centre. (Perhaps you recognize it Elaine)

The big challenge to this project was that it is inlayed into my galley table which is teak plywood with extremely thin veneer. It would have been so easy to sand through….

Thanks for looking…


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

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#2 posted 11-03-2019 01:27 AM

Oh, my!! Beautiful. I dream of being able to so that some day… my some days are running out. How come some “Pauls’” are so extremely talented,,,,, this “Paul” is not…

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 11-03-2019 01:48 AM

You paint in wood as well as my wife paints on canvas! Really beautiful Paul.

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#4 posted 11-03-2019 01:57 AM

Really, really nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 11-03-2019 02:12 AM

Beautiful work Paul. That background veneer is amazing!

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#6 posted 11-03-2019 02:19 AM

Fantastic Paul! I love the grain in that Indian Rosewood background. Beautiful!

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#7 posted 11-03-2019 02:24 AM

Sooo impressive. Amazing work.

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#8 posted 11-03-2019 02:52 AM

Gorgeous…amazing work!

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#9 posted 11-03-2019 03:52 AM


That looks wonderful! Your work is always impressive.


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#10 posted 11-03-2019 03:54 AM

Another work of beauty Paul.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#11 posted 11-03-2019 04:34 AM

Funny how your birds look better than the Pic.

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#12 posted 11-03-2019 08:38 AM

Yes, Master

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#13 posted 11-03-2019 09:30 AM

Excellent as every. But suprised you say its Indian Rosewood. I would have said it was Rio. But then I’m basing it on some veneer remains which I purchased 40 odd years ago when I was at college in the UK. Essentially the ‘remains’ were 5/8” boards which were what was left when they couldn’t take anymore veneers of the flitch. I purchased it from Thornhill Veneers at Doncaster in the UK, and still have some bits and pieces. They were amazing and the grain/colour looked exactly the same as yours, particularly the black flecks. But I was told it was Rio-rosewood…....... hmmm! I used it for a dinning table but then converted it into a nest of table as the 5/8” boards wre really too thin for the deisgn. Unfortunatly they’ve faded to a muddy purple over the years…..

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#14 posted 11-03-2019 08:54 AM

Beautiful work as usual Paul, all the above comments cover what I think. Well done.

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#15 posted 11-03-2019 10:06 AM

Incredible and precise marquetry!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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