Marquetry School #13: New Direction: home classes

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 10-08-2019 11:47 PM 1132 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is time for a change at CSFM. I have decided to stop offering in shop classes and start offering the same (exact) classes via private interactive video. I am currently working through the level one class with a student in Texas who bought a chevalet from me last March. It seems to be going extremely well so I have decided to go ahead with the idea.
This isn’t meant to be an advertisement although you might see it that way. It is more a communication to the several LJ’s who have expressed a wish to come to CSFM but couldn’t make the travel / time commitments. I won’t go into great detail here but please PM me if you have questions.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-08-2019 11:54 PM

Sounds like PROGRESS!!

Now, you can teach it World Wide… as long as you understand each other! :)

Very GOOD idea… Very good MOVE! ... you will like it!

Good Luck… hope it works out smoothly with no Hicups…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 10-08-2019 11:55 PM

That’s a great idea, Paul. If I had the patience and artistic ability, I’d love to be able to create some of the beautiful pieces I see from you and others.

One thing though… I’m a Ford man, so getting a chevalet would be a problem for me. (Sorry, I’m sure you’ve heard that one a few thousand times).

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 10-08-2019 11:56 PM

This is really smart Paul, it makes so much sense in this day and age, and it broadens your pool of students and makes you accessible to those of us who can’t make it out your way. THANKS!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 10-09-2019 12:45 AM

All the best with the venture. Passing on your skills to a far wider community can only be a good thing. Every success with it.

-- Madburg WA

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#5 posted 10-09-2019 03:52 AM

Have you stopped having the classes at your place or is this in addition to? I’m sure the classes will be great either way, the travel and lodging can make the in person classes pretty expensive so this way you should be able to reach a much wider audience.
Sounds like a good idea.

And no I still haven’t finished my chevy yet, still just the saw frame to go.


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#6 posted 10-09-2019 09:16 AM

Congratulations, technology is a wonderful thing.

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

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#7 posted 10-09-2019 01:36 PM

Change is good! ... and this newest video adventure into teaching Marquetry is a great way to accommodate so many who otherwise would never have an opportunity to learn this ancient art. Well thought out Paul, and best wishes for success!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 10-09-2019 02:28 PM


Pretty good idea.

I’m sure a student could buy the chevy and whatever video equipment they lack for less than the travel and lodging expense. Of course, they would miss spending time in the pleasant place where you live.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#9 posted 10-09-2019 03:17 PM

This is a very smart move Paul. I am guessing that there are quite a few chevalets out there by now. My only reservation is all the work you will have to do photographing and editing videos which can be fairly time consuming and perhaps boring, but knowing how well organized you are I’m sure that you have considered this and will handle it in a smart and efficient way. I wish you great success with this new endeavor. I would sign up in a minute for your video classes, but unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to keep up unless I can somehow inhabit a new body!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-09-2019 05:02 PM

Sounds like a great way to extend your classes beyond (way beyond!) your local area.

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#11 posted 10-09-2019 05:10 PM

That’s great Paul. You can get to a lot more people that way!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 10-10-2019 12:02 AM

I wish you all the best in your next endeavor. We can always use more chevy users in the world :)

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

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#13 posted 10-10-2019 08:16 AM

Sounds like a great way of getting the message out to a wider audience who might not be able to travel to VI for your courses. I’m sure it will go well.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#14 posted 10-10-2019 02:48 PM

Thanks all.
The main point here is not to increase “ business” but to allow me to stop teaching the classes in person without leaving anyone who was planning to take them out in the cold.
I love teaching and seeing the success of my students but I’m getting too old to be “on stage” for that many hours every day for two weeks.
Also it is a two week commitment for me every spring and fall In prime sailing time.
From the student’s point of view, I think it’s actually better because they will have a permanent record of the classes that they don’t get from the in shop version.

-- 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 10-10-2019 03:00 PM

A perfect solution Paul!! How did the (jewelry) scroll saw blades work out for you?!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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