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Blog series by shipwright updated 11-02-2019 05:31 AM 14 parts 34542 reads 256 comments total

Part 1: First Students Tomorrow

09-21-2015 04:02 AM by shipwright | 36 comments »

My first marquetry course starts tomorrow morning. I’ve been preparing for a couple of weeks and I think I’m as prepared as I could be. The classroom The textbooks The work areas Glue making, packet assembly and mounting board materials The packets for the first étude. They get a choice of colour combinations Hammer veneering materials Wish me luck! Thanks for looking Paul

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

09-26-2015 08:26 PM by shipwright | 28 comments »

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...

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Part 3: CSFM, New Website and Enrollment Update

02-16-2016 04:02 AM by shipwright | 24 comments »

It’s been a while since my last blog but I’ve been busy. Among a lot of other things I managed to build the website for the newly named Canadian School of French Marquetry. I thought long and hard about what the name might be but this one suggested by my friend Mat Nedeljko seemed to be the best fit if it was OK with Patrick Edwards. The last thing I wanted to do was have him think I was “passing off” I had the opportunity to have dinner with Patrick when he was in ...

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Part 4: CSFM: New Class, New Students, New Facebook Presence

06-07-2016 05:14 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

The level one class / spring 2016 started today with four new students. We all had a great time and we all learned a few things, some about marquetry, some about teaching. The students did very well and all finished their first étude.Tomorrow will be self portrait day followed by preparation for the “big one” the final étude which is quite challenging. You can follow on our new Facebook page if...

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Part 5: Level one Day Two, Self Portraits

06-08-2016 01:11 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

A few photos from today at CSFM. We’re all still having a good time. Thanks for looking in Paul

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Part 6: Level One Class is a Wrap

06-11-2016 12:40 AM by shipwright | 26 comments »

It’s been a few days since I checked in but they have been busy days around CSFM. On Wednesday the students dove into the third étude, the art nouveau piece, and by end of day Thursday all were finished and ready for the mounting boards. Today was the last day of level one and we finished up the week’s projects, did a couple of demos on hammer veneering and French polishing and handed out diplomas. Everyone finished all the work and agreed that it was a fun time. ...

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Part 7: Level Two, Painting in Wood ....first two days

06-15-2016 05:39 AM by shipwright | 16 comments »

CSFM’s first level two class started Monday with five students. Three have just completed level one and the other two completed it last fall. Here are some pictures of the proceedings. This will be the first motif. Planning the packet layers. Backing the veneer with paper. Packet assembled and ready to cut tomorrow. A little fire to warm the shop on a chilly morning. The amazing sound of five chevalets cutting …. Transferring from the w...

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Part 8: Spring 2016 Level Two Wrap-up

06-19-2016 12:49 AM by shipwright | 23 comments »

Well, the spring 2016 classes are all finished up now. Everyone completed two études in painting in wood method and all the work was looking pretty good. Thanks and congrats to the students. Here are some wind-up photos of the fun and some shots of the excellent work turned out. Not all the motifs got mounted on plywood as some were taken home to be used on larger projects. Thanks for looking in, Paul

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Part 9: Prepping for Piece by Piece Course

08-20-2016 01:14 AM by shipwright | 5 comments »

Fall classes are rolling around in a few weeks and there’s something new. I now have students who have enough experience to benefit from a piece by piece class and two will be taking advantage this September. This means that I have to prepare a palette of colours, grain patterns, and species of veneer in packets of four for them to design their pieces around.Today, I selected and cut thirty-five packets complete with backers (no front “wasters” on piece by piece packets). To...

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Part 10: Spring 2017 Classes underway

06-11-2017 05:22 AM by shipwright | 16 comments »

First of all, last fall we left for Europe about two days after classes ended so I didn’t post any photos. Here are a few to catch up. This is Jim who was taking level one and two. I started him on the Monday and had a couple of days alone with him to get him started before the others came on Wednesday to do level three, the piece by piece class. On Wednesday, Karen and Kendra showed up and we got started on level three. I’m glad there were only three as teaching two...

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Part 11: This session is different!

09-16-2018 12:54 AM by shipwright | 10 comments »

I haven’t posted on this blog for a while because as the classes pass it’s really just more of the same but this fall’s classes have a little something different. Long time LJ buddy Peter Marcucci (woodbridge) has crossed the country to attend and is a star student. I’ve been looking forward to this for a few years now and we’re making the most of it. Only two students for level one and three for level two next week so I have time to spend with them all. There is somethin...

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Part 12: Week Two, fall classes

10-04-2018 05:23 AM by shipwright | 8 comments »

Sorry for the delay in this post. I went sailing for a week after classes ended. Just a few pictures to show the work going on in week two where we did the “painting in wood” technique. Peter (LJ woodbridge) and Lauren were joined for this one by Frank who took level one in June. They all did well on the two études that included two methods of creating packets and their first taste of sand shading. Congrats to all on a great week! Than...

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Part 13: New Direction: home classes

10-08-2019 11:47 PM by shipwright | 18 comments »

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 expre...

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Part 14: Home School success!

11-02-2019 05:31 AM by shipwright | 12 comments »

My first student has just finished his level one interactive video course and it was a big success. He received over three hours of video instruction and sent me ten videos of his work for critique. We communicated on messenger several times a day. It really was just like he was here. I actually think that it is a better course for the student than being here. When I have students in class I can be a little laid back with the instruction sessions because if I forget something, they are rig...

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