Combining my Passions: Friendship Marquetry. #3: More Pieces,... Hull and Sails

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 04-26-2013 11:45 PM 2660 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Tiny Pieces, Cutting and Management Part 3 of Combining my Passions: Friendship Marquetry. series Part 4: Choosing and Preparing the Background »

Not a lot to say today. Just thought I’d bring you up to date on the progress. I’ve had lots of yard work this week and the shop time I do get is divided between Friendship’s marquetry and her real world spring maintenance. She will be hitting the water for the season in a week or two.

When I ended the last segment, I mentioned that I was planning to use a walnut burl for the hull in the hope that I could simulate the rippling reflections of the water in the shiny paint. Here’s the candidate burl. I happened to have four sequence matched pieces so the four hulls should be identical. I chose the area of the burl carefully to try to best achieve the effect.

Cutting the tiny pieces may generate the greater number of comments but lines like the convoluted waterline here are the ones that are the most demanding because a single piece of holly cut separately will have to fit this exactly over its entire length.

This was my first look at how the burl was going to work as a reflective surface. I won’t know until the depth in the French polish starts to grow how good it is but I’m encouraged by what I can see here. You may judge for yourselves if I’ve completely lost it on this one.

The more observant among you may notice that the waterline doesn’t fit the pattern line very well. That’s because I refined that part of the drawing and couldn’t change the one under the contact paper. All that matters is that the wave foam holly is cut from the same pattern generation as the hull waterline.

And here is the holly sea foam, boiling away from the bow and rolling away from the quarter. There will be some sand shading that will enhance this effect and add a third dimension. I’m really pleased with the fits.

Last picture for today and you are right up to date with me. There is one area of sail left to go but it is crossed by some ropes and mast lacing so it will be several pieces. It’s when you back out to the big picture like this that you realize how foolish you have been to try to include so many tiny details in the first stages. They will likely never be actually observed for themselves but with luck they will add a quality to the whole .

Thanks for looking in.

Questions, comments and critiques are always 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 04-27-2013 12:06 AM

Holy moly, Paul! That’s just 100% Wow!

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

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#2 posted 04-27-2013 12:25 AM

They will likely never be actually observed for themselves but with luck they will add a quality to the whole .
I too wonder why I do little details, that mostly go unnoticed unless pointed out. Id like to think it is just for my own satisfaction, but then I point them out to whom ever is at my audience. You do it, I suppose, because, that’s the way it should be done.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 02:07 AM

Well Paul ,I wish I could and yes the little detail will make the difference in the end .
You may think they go unnoticed but without them it would not have the WOW effect .

-- Kiefer

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 04-27-2013 02:53 AM

Outstanding, Paul!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see the finished product!!...........Jim

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

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#5 posted 04-27-2013 03:24 AM

Your painting is coming along quite nicely. :) Thanks for sharing your experiences with us all.

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

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 03:48 AM

Absolutely Awesome…! such fine detail…

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#7 posted 04-27-2013 05:34 AM

I’m looking forward to seeing the actual artwork before too much longer Paul … lucky me!! The walnut burl is a perfect choice. Should look stunning when the finish hits it!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 04-27-2013 06:08 AM


This is going to be really exceptional when finished. The details are outstanding and you’ve made quick progress.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 04-27-2013 06:09 AM


You’re still doing it!

Thank you!

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#10 posted 04-27-2013 08:27 AM

The burl looks perfect on the hull Paul and the picture is really coming alive. The lettering and the holly waves are exceptionally nice. I love the details and I think this will give the picture a lot depth and life. I think it is a little humorous that you are working on the marquetry and the real boat at the same time. Quite a difference in scale! This is a real fun blog.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 04-27-2013 10:52 AM

Beautiful Paul!! Love the burl you used for the hull. I know what you mean about all the spring yardwork. Seems like that is about all I have been able to get done lately

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

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#12 posted 04-27-2013 01:29 PM

The blocks are double purchase, I am very anxious on seeing how these are cut. With the proportion, looks that the ropes will be a hairline thick. Awesome and extra accurate cutting.
Thanks for sharing the technique.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 04-27-2013 01:59 PM

This is coming along quickly, I dont want it to end!!!! LOL Great work and so much fun to travel along and learn from you! Thx!

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

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#14 posted 04-27-2013 05:10 PM

Patience, persistence, and precision. Three skills I envy in you! I’m enjoying your ride!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 04-30-2013 04:26 AM

Well Paul, I am going to have to go against the crowd on this one and say that the burl is not doing it for me on the hull. I think it is because I am familiar with the full size version and know that the hull is actually green! I know what you are going for, but to my eye it is too dark and I’m worried it will look even darker when surrounded by the water veneers and the finish is applied.

How bout taking a nice curly maple veneer and dyeing it green and seeing how that looks?

Otherwise, the cutting is outstanding, I love the small details and the sea foam is very realistic. The grain selection is very nice in the sails too…I can see them puffing up as they fill with wind.

By the way, are you using veneer pins to strengthen the packets?

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

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