Combining my Passions: Friendship Marquetry. #6: Look, .... a Shiny Thing !

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 05-05-2013 01:09 AM 2757 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Cutting and mounting the backgrounds. Part 6 of Combining my Passions: Friendship Marquetry. series Part 7: Shading and Assembly »

Disclaimer: I realize that I am digressing from the project today but not, I think you will agree, from the stated tilte of the series.

I got a little distracted today. First thing this morning I got word that I could launch my boat (requires equipment) on Wednesday which means no marquetry for a couple of days …. or not.

I started looking at the parts that need a little attention (read “a coat of Cetol slapped on) and decided that the cockpit locker lids and the cabin doors really had to come off and get refinished in the shop. I got the locker lids cleaned up and a first coat on them and then started scraping the doors. I just love my new Gramercy hold-fasts.

As I was cleaning the doors up I couldn’t stop thinking of the idea I had had a few weeks ago of doing an albatross on them. I’ve never liked the mahogany plywood panels in the doors. OK, how long can a simple albatross take? I’ve done the pattern before. Re-size, re-draw a bit, print and cut. How hard can that be?

This is a Boulle style packet for the albatross and the pau ferro and curly maple I’ve chosen for the ground.

With the albatross cut out and assembled, I taped another pattern to the ground and cut it.

Here’s a close up of the bird after fitting it in the piece by piece cut ground.

And here’s where I am at the end of the day. Tomorrow morning I will mount the marquetry with epoxy and when it’s cured I’ll re-cut the portlight with a router. I may even add a ring.
In this photo of course the whole thing is backwards as we are looking at the filled back (glue side) of the marquetry.

I’m hoping to keep the other project moving as I finish the annual maintenance but at this point the real boat comes first.

Thanks fore 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 05-05-2013 01:14 AM

Great diversion.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 01:32 AM

Wow, looking great man!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 05-05-2013 01:35 AM

It’s all good! And your boat will be a happier place.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 05-05-2013 01:46 AM

Yep, sometimes other projects take precedence. Nice one. I like how the orientation of the Walnut on the left door mimicks the water so well. Not so impressed with the right one. I think the cathedral grain kills it. Although I’m no where near your level I hope you don’t mind my input.

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

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#5 posted 05-05-2013 02:12 AM

well i get all happy inside thinking of you taking friendship out for the first time each year…get out the new cook gear, maybe you should do a trip up to alaska…there you go, i come up with the greatest…i mean come on paul you need a new adventure…well at least think about it…the maiden voyage of the albatross…

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

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#6 posted 05-05-2013 03:12 AM

The Friendship was a beauty before but the Albatross will really make her fly.
I love your boat!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#7 posted 05-05-2013 03:58 AM

Very nice work, that would dress up any boat.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 05-05-2013 04:50 AM

Always a good idea to add beauty wherever you can Paul … because you can!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#9 posted 05-05-2013 05:49 AM

Thanks all.

Rance Forgive my confusion but do you mean left / right as in the photo or the reverse as it will be in real life (ie: the albatross will be on the left.)? Personally, I like the left one (in the photo) with the bird better. Not that crazy about the other one but it’s just decoration on a door, not fine art. It’s pau ferro (santos rosewood) not walnut.
Any input is fine with me, anytime my friend. BTW does this motif look at all familiar to you? :-)

Griz, yea right. You know how far it is from here to AK in a 21’ boat? ;-)

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

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#10 posted 05-05-2013 09:47 AM

Looks great like everything you do Paul. Quite an improvement over a plain panel and something that is probably pretty unique in a yacht. Now I’m trying to figure out where I can put a marquetry work in my Peugeot, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 05-05-2013 12:21 PM

Paul, this looks amazing! Sad well be losing you to the boating season…;-)

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 05-05-2013 12:30 PM

Looking good, Paul.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 05-05-2013 05:27 PM

Very nice addition to a beautiful boat, I wish you a very wonderful boating season. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#14 posted 05-06-2013 02:59 AM


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#15 posted 05-07-2013 07:42 AM

I think that is the perfect spot for your work, on the boat I mean.
Lovely in every way.
It will be a pleasure to open those doors.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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