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This is the first of what will likely be a series if projects displaying this Black Rooster Marquetry motif based on the logo of the Consorzio Chianti Classico, the cooperative of growers who produce this wine. In Italy "Classico" denotes wine that is made from only grapes grown within a given region, in this case the Chianti region of Tuscany, and "Riserva" denotes it as premium quality based on tight production regulations. You can find this logo on a little pink paper seal on the top of every bottle of Chianti Classico wine.

My first attempt at chevalet cut marquetry was an attempt at this logo and it never did get finished. As a lover of the region, the wine, and the legend of the Black Rooster of Chianti, I was drawn to give it another try. This time I tried it complete with the lettering.

The photos show some of the tray details, the french polish shine, and a look at the cutting. The fifth one is why this is destined to become a series…... I have five more. Current plans are for a picnic box for wine and glasses and maybe a bistro table…. but let's not get too far ahead.

There is a construction blog here for anyone who is interested.

Thanks for looking,

Paul

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wow…Paul it turned out so beautiful, i still dont know how you cut things so small, but this is just gorgeous , i hope your golf is not suffering from this…lol…im sure its not, well its another beauty ..
 

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This project was definitely worth the wait. Another great piece Paul !
 

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Very nice, Paul. With a last name of Fontana, you can tell that I'm a chianti fan!
 

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I've been following your blogs on these trays. The sand shading looks awesome and is probably my favorite detail.
 

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COOL stuff!

Great job…

Thank you.
 

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Fantastic,They blog was great too.
 

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Classico!
Jim
 

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Amazing Paul absolutely amazing

jamie
 

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Really really really nice work, just beautiful. You never disappoint.

Ken
 

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Craftsmanship at the highest level (as are all your projects). Enjoyed the blog too.
 

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Cool - when I first viewed the thumbnails of the server - - the figured maple and the center emblem, almost look like the top of a cork.

Once you blow up the image, you see the nice figure.

Great work Paul
 

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Good looking tray Paul, I like the finish you achieved on the bottom with the French polish. If the bird wasn't in the way I think I could see myself! You need to contact the wine company and start selling trays in their gift shop/ tasting room.

Richard
 

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OUTTA SIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! That is beautiful, Paul!!
We plan to visit you in the first part of Feb during our visit to the gem show. Will you be home the first week of Feb?
I would very much like to see this piece!!...............Jim
 

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Well if you really want some constructive critique, why not do some more shading on the remaining ones? Those vine leaves could use some delicate burning to draw the veins, and the grapes could be more defined individually to give a lot more depth to the border.

Still, I didn't say that I'm not in awe! Just my two cents ;)
 

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Beautiful craftsmanship Paul. Thanks for the great photos.
 

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So So nice and beautiful too!
 

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Wow - amazing work, Paul. Your projects are always an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your work with us all.
 

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Just because I see it and look over your notes and instructional materials doesn't mean I can see myself doing something this detailed and absolutely time stopping. The pictures are great. If I was in the same room with the tray, I would have someone else hold it, or just leave it on the table. I would be afraid to touch it. Can you imagine dropping it or somehow spilling something on it? Tank you for sharing.
 
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