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Project by shipwright posted 07-29-2011 05:09 AM 3416 views 10 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another marquetry box, this time with a theme near to my heart. The top lid motif is a West Coast Salmon Seiner powerblocking her net in. The inside lid features a Chinook Salmon, the mainstay of the industry.

These are images that take me back to a day when I was building boats like this for the fishermen of the B.C. Coast. Now I just make pictures of them but I can still smell the Yellow Cedar coming out of the planer and I can hear the pin mauls driving the spikes.

The simple box is Spaulted Maple with Wenge trim and employs my integral hinge
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The marquetry is cut in classic style so I have three more that will turn up somewhere, sometime and this particular one features a piece of Carpathian Elm Burl in the reflection area. I could not have done this without my chevalet.

The finish is satin wipe on poly.

The last two photos are about forty years apart and show me working on one of these boats full size “back in the day” and on this one last week.

Here’s a little video clip of the first coat of finish going on the marquetry:

As always all comments are welcome.

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

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#1 posted 07-29-2011 05:21 AM

Paul, I can see that this box has alot of heart and alot of emotion put into it. To build something that has so much meaning is priceless. Great job as usual.

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#2 posted 07-29-2011 05:21 AM

Again, such stunning marquetry work Paul. And I still love those hinges. So what is that white thing under your Chevalet? I assume from the Rapidographs that you do Pen & Ink? I’ve tried my hand at it. About the only kind of drawing I can do. Oh, and it looks like you used to dye your hair dark in your younger days. Ha ha. :) Very well done on the box.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 07-29-2011 05:30 AM

This is amazing… a result of your memorable time. Anyone can always see the details of a ship because you actually been a shipbuilder. I like the box too specially the hinge style. Thanks for posting.\

-- Bert

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#4 posted 07-29-2011 05:36 AM

Paul, that is fantastic work as usual! I really like the way the burl grain dips in the foreground, like it is resisting the lifting of the net. Great job on the video too. Looking good there cutting with that chevalet!

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

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#5 posted 07-29-2011 06:08 AM

You just keep us one step behind Paul, another stunner going forward. Love the “burl sea” that is a focal point to my eye, it just seems to set the rest of the scene plus thoes hinges of yours.
Fabulous work :)))
BTW you’ve managed to stand the test of time not too bad :::::——))))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 07-29-2011 06:18 AM

Beautiful work Paul, well done, I love it.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 07-29-2011 06:19 AM

I am always impress by good marquetry. Some day I want to learn how. Nice job

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#8 posted 07-29-2011 06:25 AM


Paul, The box is great; but in all honnesty I was totally captivate by the marquetry of the fishing boat.
It is so realistic. I always marvel at great marquetry and I paused on yours for a long time, looking at boat, the mat and the net.
There is someting about the 2 dark spots on the net that looks like eyes that makes you look at it from different perspective and imagine many different things.
The water seems to also have several characters in it, a drowning fisherman? Maybe an illusion…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 07-29-2011 06:26 AM

Paul, The images here are simply stunning. Your work past and present is just amazing. You honor the past and celebrate the present in your life’s work. I can’t imagine being in the possession of such a fine piece of hand work. Keep ‘em comin. \

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 07-29-2011 06:40 AM

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! You are absolutely amazing. Paul your work is just a delight to me at the end of a long, long day. Thanks for lifting my spirits. Another wonderful piece. Keep them coming…......

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#11 posted 07-29-2011 09:50 AM

Thanks everyone

Rance, The white thing under the chevalet is a piece of countertop laminate I had lying around. It’s there to make it easier (possible) to find tiny pieces that sometimes fall before I can get a hold of them.
Good eye on the Rapidographs. Those are actually a couple of my pen and inks in the box. The one you see on top is a streetlamp in Venice.

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

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#12 posted 07-29-2011 11:58 AM

Nice indeed. I am always anxious to see your next post, and they never disappoint!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#13 posted 07-29-2011 12:54 PM

Very beautiful job.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#14 posted 07-29-2011 02:00 PM

What a wonderful box, and a wonderful write up.
Looks like a nice place to work too.

You got skills, my Man.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 07-29-2011 02:21 PM

Superb craftsmanship, Paul. Beautiful picture, wood choice and finish. Those hinges looks very elegant I must try some. A classic post, thank you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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