Friendship Marquetry ... the Other Two

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Project by shipwright posted 07-05-2013 07:44 PM 2765 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cut this marquetry in classic style from packets of four layers of veneer. The first two now adorn the doors of my desk and were posted over a week ago. These were almost finished then as well but I’ve spent too much time sailing to get them done until now. This retired life is rough.

These two are finished off as wall art with a slightly different background and completely different formatting. The backgrounds behind the ovals are redwood burl (thanks Elaine) and the frames are short grain cedar veneer (from the same stack of cedar as Friendship’s hull) with an edging of Honduras mahogany.

Take a look at the actual shoreline in the background of photo two. That’s Separation Point in Cowichan Bay BC from my deck. It was the model for the ground in the marquetry. A little license was taken to maximize the grain structures in the poplar burl but it’s pretty close.

Photo four is an attempt to capture the reflectivity of the french polish finish. (It’s really a challenge to photograph these reflections but I’m working on it)

There’s a blog on this marquetry here if you are interested.

Thanks for looking in


-- 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 07-05-2013 07:58 PM

Nice one. I really mike your “marines”, I can feel you know what sailing is.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 08:07 PM

Very nice Paul, I like the darker shore background in these two.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 08:13 PM

Those look very nice Paul

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 08:38 PM

nice reflection of flowers…that is shine (or is it sheen)! More “woodworking” videos!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 07-05-2013 08:43 PM

Perfect beauty of natural veneer!
Great, my dear friend Paul!


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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 07-05-2013 11:02 PM

Outstanding, Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!.............cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 07-06-2013 12:34 AM

Beautiful work Paul, the shine on those panels is fantastic!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#8 posted 07-06-2013 12:49 AM

I didn’t even have to look at the name of the person submitting this project on the main page, it was so obviously yours Paul. More great marquetry, I always admire your talent, excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 07-06-2013 12:52 AM

You’ve certainly captured your wonderful view in this work. Beautiful work once again.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 07-06-2013 02:07 AM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 07-06-2013 02:17 AM

i think you have to many photos of friendship, and these last 2 are so beautiful, i wonder how one would look here in my room…oh i just wonder…i can wonder , cant…there so beautiful.happy sailing paul…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 07-06-2013 03:52 AM

Such nice work Paul. You are a woodworker, AND an artist, and a friend.

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

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#13 posted 07-06-2013 04:03 AM

Nicely done Paul…great job on the french polish too! Now where are these going to find a home?

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

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#14 posted 07-06-2013 04:23 AM

Wonderful use of the chevalet and marquetry. It is tough when you have to chose between sailing and
making beautiful wooden pictures of sailing, but I am happy that you manage to accomplish both. Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 07-06-2013 07:33 AM


-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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