Painting In Wood Treasure Box

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Project by WPatrick posted 11-21-2012 05:20 PM 7235 views 19 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first time I have posted my work on this site.

I suppose many of you already know about me, as I have been involved in antique restoration and marquetry for over 40 years. However, if you haven’t heard about me yet, I will just introduce myself as a traditional pre industrial woodworker who makes Old Brown Glue and spends his time cutting marquetry on a chevalet.

My partner, Patrice Lejeune, and I had the idea early this year to start a series of different “Treasure Boxes” which would be limited to 4 copies each series. We decided to change only the interior from box to box and keep the same exterior the same on each series.

This is the first box of the first series. We have sold the first three boxes from this first series and plan on keeping the fourth box of each series for the business collection. We are now designing the second series of Treasure Boxes which will have tinted bone in the design.

These boxes are made of solid beech with full blind dovetails on the corners. They have hidden compartments with secret releases. The interior of this box is made of olive with kingwood, tulip and boxwood.

The exterior is made of Gabon ebony and 22 other exotic woods. All the veneers are sawn veneers, purchased from Patrick George, in Paris, and are 1.5mm thick. The design is cut using the chevalet, 4 copies at a time. The elements are heated in hot sand to create shadows. Only the greens are tinted. All other colors are natural.

The hardware is from Londonderry Brasses.

The size of the box is 13×33 x 43 cm. I prefer to work metric.

The polish is French polish.

You may find more about this project on my blog:

Thanks for looking.

-- WPatrick, San Diego,

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#1 posted 11-21-2012 05:30 PM

Absolutely Gorgeous!

-- You're not a real wood worker until you've been to the Emergency one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 05:31 PM

Patrick this is an amazing work of art, your years of experience and talent shows through this great box ,it truly is a treasure of a box.


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#3 posted 11-21-2012 05:35 PM

A keepsake. Truly a treasure !!! I love it.

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#4 posted 11-21-2012 05:39 PM

Phenomenal and sensational project! Can I have it? Pretty Please :D

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 11-21-2012 05:50 PM

This is one project you HAVE to click “zoom pictures” to get any idea of the level of artistry involved.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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#6 posted 11-21-2012 06:03 PM

Your reputation precedes you. The box is magnificent. Words can hardly do it justice.

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

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#7 posted 11-21-2012 06:09 PM

I am sorry to say that I am not as familiar with your work. If this is an indication of what I’ve been missing, then the loss is all mine! Absolutely beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 11-21-2012 06:16 PM

reminds me of the magnificent work done by the craftsmen of Sorrento, Italy!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#9 posted 11-21-2012 06:28 PM

Thank you all for your kind words. Let me just say, I put my pants on one leg at a time, like the rest of humanity. I also spend an average of 12 hours a day 7 days a week at the bench, like many of you who enjoy what you do in life. Twice a year, on Thanksgiving and Christmas, I work only half a day, since my wife has other plans for me.

By the way, the workers in Sorrento and Florence do amazing work in hard stone, but I need to say that the French surpass them easily in wood marquetry. That said, my favorite master in this trade was from Belgium, Pierre Gole. I am in love with all the work done in the last two decades of the 17th century.

This box is a small tribute to that period. I post it to demonstrate that this artistry is not dead. Yet.

-- WPatrick, San Diego,

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#10 posted 11-21-2012 06:45 PM

Amazing work aand I enjoyed reading your webpage as well. Look fwd to seeng more,,,You have some amazing talent…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 11-21-2012 07:16 PM

Fantastic work as always.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#12 posted 11-21-2012 07:48 PM

Absolutely beautiful. This quality of work deserves to be aired.

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

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#13 posted 11-21-2012 08:14 PM

Just amazing. Plus I love your glue.

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#14 posted 11-21-2012 09:23 PM

Thanks for posting this on lumberjocks Patrick.
I can say, and Mat Nedeljko will back me up, that this box cannot be done justice by any photographer.
It is more impressive in person than you can imagine.

This is what real marquetry looks like and what keeps beginners like me striving to improve.

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

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#15 posted 11-21-2012 10:13 PM

the work of a true master, thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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