The Black Rooster, My Latest Marquetry Project

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Blog series by shipwright updated 01-07-2013 10:15 PM 3 parts 14573 reads 65 comments total

Part 1: Cutting Letters in Marquetry

01-06-2013 12:42 AM by shipwright | 23 comments »

I am a lover of travel and of Italy in particular. Toscana is my favorite province and Chianiti my favorite region. When I built my first chevalet, my first attempt at marquetry with it was Il Gallo Nero, the black rooster that is a very old symbol of the region. It is also the logo symbol of the Consorzio Chianti Classico, the co-operative of growers who produce one of my favorite Italian wines. My first attempt may have been a little too ambitious and never actually reached a finished state...

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Part 2: Sand Shading, Assembly and Some More Cutting.

01-06-2013 05:50 PM by shipwright | 22 comments »

There is not a lot of sand shading on this project, but it is an essential element that will really “pop” the motif into three dimensions. One of the features of this logo is the folded ribbon around the central medallion. In order to make the rings look folded over in three dimensions the shading must be applied accurately and with a relatively sharp edge. This can be accomplished with a “heat blocker” like the pair of hemostats I’m using in this photo. The meta...

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Part 3: Assembling the Serving Tray

01-07-2013 10:15 PM by shipwright | 20 comments »

With the marquetry complete the next job is to find a place to display it, in this case a round serving tray. I started out by sawing curved sections of some 1 1/ 2” cherry I had to the inside and outside diameters I wanted and then assembled them with simple scarf joints cut freehand on the bandsaw. When the glue was set, I smoothed the top and bottom to thickness with my drum sander. Then after sanding the inside fair with the OSS and the outside with the ShopSmith disc ...

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