Marquetry School #2: School's Out, a Learning Experience (good)

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 09-26-2015 08:26 PM 3196 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First Students Tomorrow Part 2 of Marquetry School series Part 3: CSFM, New Website and Enrollment Update »

Well, it’s over. my first course in French marquetry, level one, ended yesterday and the consensus is that we all learned a lot. The students learned about French marquetry and I learned about teaching French marquetry.

Thank you Len, Kendra, and Phil. I could not have asked for better, more enthusiastic first students.
The topics covered were the making of grease paper and assembly of packets, cutting on the chevalets, assembly of motifs, filling with mastic and finally pressing to a substrate. Of course all this was done with hide glue.

We used both hot hide glue and liquid hide glue (Old Brown Glue) and pressed some pieces with cooled HHG and a hot caul. The three motifs were assembled one each, on French kraft paper, masking tape, and self adhesive shelf liner to give a broad experience. They were also cut in three different thicknesses (1/42”, 1/28”, and 1/16”) of veneer to give the same diversity.

When they were tired of cutting we took a break and did some hammer veneering.

Enough talk, here are some pictures.

If that’s not enough for you the whole album with captions is here.
I had a great time and can’t wait to do it again in June. In the mean time it was nice to go up and break down the chevys this morning and get my old shop back.

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 09-26-2015 08:36 PM

Okay, it’s not just me, you’re really a giant. I felt a bit small back in ‘13 when you came here in France, hehehe.
Nice pictures of a happy team there!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 08:36 PM

A great success congrats on your new classes,the results prove you are a great teacher.


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#3 posted 09-26-2015 08:54 PM

Good on ya Paul for passing on the skills to others. I wish you even more success in the future.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 09:04 PM

I would willingly have been there.


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#5 posted 09-26-2015 09:14 PM

Well done Paul. Wish I could have attended the course. I am sure that this is the beginning of much greater things to come! Congratulations to you and your students.

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#6 posted 09-26-2015 09:18 PM

Fantastic Paul! So proud and impressed with what you bring to the woodworking community. I would love to be one of your students, and I hope that can happen.

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

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#7 posted 09-26-2015 09:19 PM

Congratulations on a successful first class Paul. It seems your students did very well on the chevy. It looks like everything went smooth but I’m guessing there was a lot of prep work put into this class not counting the building of the chevys which was a undertaking in itself.

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

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 10:54 PM

I agree with Jim, first thing I thought when I saw results that good is you’re a very good teacher. Always more to learn to be a great teacher, but you’re starting from high up the scale.

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#9 posted 09-26-2015 11:25 PM

That’s fantastic, Paul. Congratulations. Now, did these kids come at the craft as tabula raza, or had they background in scrollsawing or any such? Or other marquetry, or, mebees, intarsia? The first time I saw one of your portraits, I actually asked you if mebees it was laser engraved, such was the photo-realism. I was taken aback by your answer that it was, indeed, marquetry. Now, I see these students getting the same results. Hence, it’s important to me to know how soft was the mental putty with which you began.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 09-27-2015 12:15 AM

Wow! Exceptionally high standard for the first course! You should be very pleased with the results. The students have something to be proud of… and so have you.

Giving someone a skill is the greatest gift.

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#11 posted 09-27-2015 12:18 AM

Wow, that is so nice.
I would love to take a course from you someday. I hope that it can happen.

You guys had fantastic results.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 09-27-2015 12:47 AM

Thanks everyone.

Ken and Steve, nothing would make me happier. Next courses will be in mid June and mid September 2016.
Vancouver Island is really pretty in those months ….. well, actually all the time. ... and your dollar is worth about $1.30 here.

Mark, one had some marquetry experience but with a scrollsaw and in double bevel so not really transferable skills. They are all members of the woodworking guild however so they are woodworkers.

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

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#13 posted 09-27-2015 04:44 AM

Congratulations on a successfull 1st class. I wish you many more.

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

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#14 posted 09-27-2015 05:04 AM

Congratulations to you and your students, Paul!

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 09-27-2015 05:21 AM

Hi Paul, Congratulations on your success. What an awesome workshop you have to hold your classes in. If someone said to you ten years ago that you would be teaching marquetry to people would you have doubted them? Did you have trouble getting your students out the door and go home each day.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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