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Another marquetry challenge on Fusion, "The Shack"

One of my most brain aching projects.

On that one I used the same technique than on Gaëtane, with prefused packs, but also a prefused background.

I used a maple background That i glued on a assembly board, then I placed my clouds, building from the light to the dark, mimicking the thickness of the storm clouds.

First an alder burl



Then some darker clouds on walnut burl and a blue horizon line



More draker walnut burl



Then I cut the background and the shack piece by piece and put them together on another assembly board, a bit more blue a bit more dark walnut burl and curly yellow wood as the back layer of my forground



Some more scraping, shaving and sawdust for the foreground loan and done



Completed for the 2009 Design in wood show, it did not meet again the understanding or liking of the judge. I must confess i was a bit upset for that one, but I was quiet happy as I got 11 inquiries on it and it was sold real fast.

Presenting that piece also brought me a client to buy the second one, my favorite. I made progress especially on the loan foreground mainly because I learn to play more accurately with the shaving and sawdust that I now call sprinkling.







I finished the third one for the Fine Art juried show at the Del Mar Fair, San Diego county and got the Spanish Village Art Center award for it in 2010

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Will I be able to be this good in 10 years? Love it.
 

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Could you estimate the hours you have in one of these? They are awesome.
 

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Are you sure you are not using oil on canvas? Just kidding. You turn marquetry into true pieces of art. Truly wonderful.
 

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These are my personal favorites among your fusion pieces.
It is almost as difficult to describe as it is to do but you've done well.
As always with experimental techniques, it takes time to gain acceptance.
It's good to know that you finally have.

These are even more impressive in person than in the photos. I feel lucky to have been able to see them all.
 

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You have to be kidding me, that is one of the most beautiful works of art I've ever seen! Thanks for sharing. I just can't stop looking at it and thinking how you have merged the beauty of wood with the beauty of the sky!!!!
 

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SAndhill, from 1997 to 2005, I was doing marquetry only for restoration so I can count them as really scarce practice. I started making creation pieces after 05 and the shack was 09. So in less than 10 years if you practice and are imaginative and not scared to do things you do not know how to do, I do not see any reason you can't.
This could be a very good stage 3 study than we could contain in a week with some preparation ahead.
ShaneA this is a 40-60 hours job per piece over 2 weeks in average.
 

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BEAUTIFUL pieces! Numbers 1 & 2 look like an old tobacco barn not far from my house.
 

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Still looking and sharing your work, should be a top 3 of the day! Thanks for showing how it's done and a fine website too!
 

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Patrice, these are simply amazing! They really do look like they are more painting than marquetry. Wonderful technique and I am so glad that they brought you some recognition for your artistic talent. Terrific work, and thank you for giving us a glimpse into your process.
 

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I studied Fine Arts part time when I was in High School, and full time after high school. Then I made University studies in Architecture and design for 4 years. I have been in several countries and I have visit many museums of Art and Modern Art, because it is something I really like and enjoy. Why I am mention this? am I bragging about me?....nah!.....I'm just mentioning all this, to express that I have invested years and countless hous and time trainning my eyes, and when I see pieces like this one, my eyes are inmediatelly drawn for the amazing "plastica", the expression and beauty of this piece. A person or judge must be completelly blind and stupid to not realize about the level of a piece like this. Please do not stop doing your maazing work!
 

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Stunning work.

We may have to go thump a couple judges. :)
 

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In addition to woodworking, I also sometimes dabble in landscape oil painting. When I first saw this peice, I thought "Hey, that is a nice frame for a very nice oil painting". then I looked closer at the 'painting' and started analyzing it, thinking "That painter has really good wood grain technique"

Then I looked again and my jaw dropped.
I am blown away by this.

I think I understand everything that you are doing but just to be sure, your prefused packs that you are putting together - you are laminating two sheets of veneer, then scraping away most of one layer, and then wash/rinse/repeat?
 

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Amazing. You, sir, have far more patience than I.
 

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Whew! now that I have my breath back … Amazing piece of art … craftsmanship … marquetry … Oh my, this is just beyond words.
You are a rare talant indeed.
 

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This is stunning. I can't believe that this is marquetry, it is so alive! You have an amazing talent!
 
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