Gaming Table Marquetry #2: Addendum to series #1

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Blog entry by smokey56 posted 11-03-2016 07:44 PM 1674 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Apparently some of the initial photos of the gaming table did not get published. I have made some adjustments and now, hopefully, these will work. I’ll explain each with less detail.

The first photo below is of the table opened and the second photo is of the top closed. Again, this gaming table is exhibited in a German museum Schloss Anholt. I wanted to re-create it; so I am using the same materials, pewter, brass and faux tortoiseshell. Of course the original is not faux tortoiseshell. This photo below shows the intricacy of the marquetry. The three materials are sandwiched to make a packet; then cut out with a 5/0 blade mounted on the chevalet de marqueterie. The blade size used to make the original was probably 2/0 in size; as 5/0 is only of recent availability.

The closed top photo below is shown so that the viewer can see the detail of the top, the front apron and legs. The entire table is covered with the marquetry—it is exquisite. Also, the viewer must note and appreciate the circle of marquetry in the middle of the stretcher. This became a major problem in re-creating it…....explained in subsequent blogs.

Below depicts the internal design of the pips (long triangles) and the specific arrangement of the materials.

Again, below is the center portion of the game board—one of the more difficult sections to cut out with all the intricacy involved. Many times certain cutting practices were altered to maintain the stability of the packet.

Best, Ken Stover [email protected]

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#1 posted 11-03-2016 11:01 PM

Very nice. What a huge undertaking!
My hat is off to you.

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

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#2 posted 11-04-2016 01:40 AM

Where do you purchase faux tortoiseshell? Amazing table.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 11-06-2016 03:28 AM

This is truly amazing!

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

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#4 posted 11-06-2016 04:31 PM

Julian….....I have had problems getting faux tortoiseshell. Here’s the long story…....Initially, I was able to get GREAT material from Tor-tis. However, subsequent orders were difficult to get filled. After two years of continued search, I found a company in England. They have sent me samples of what I want; so I ordered the final amount that I need for the project. I haven’t received it yet. If it represents the sample and works out, I’ll recommend it to you. I will be discussing this in additional blogs. I you want to stay in touch with me, I’m at [email protected]

Best, Ken

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