FANTASY MARQUETRY #7: Another Marquetry Process

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Blog entry by stefang posted 08-28-2014 06:49 PM 2500 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I didn’t get much done today on my wizard marquetry, but what I did do maybe brings up an interesting topic, sand shading. A disclaimer here as I have only tried sand shading once before and it didn’t turn out very well, but it is a subject worth discussing because it also has a lot to do with how the marquetry is cut and that is my main point here.

As you can see from the photo below the wizards hand has been cut out around each finger and a little less obvious also on the hand between the knuckles and the wrist. It’s all the same color and just looks like a lump. You might wonder why all the cutting when only one color veneer has been used. The answer is that the cutting facilitates sand shading on the edge of each finger and the hand to give them a three dimensional appearance. I might also be adding some lighter tones in a later cutting to define the knuckles.

Sand shading philosophy by Platter
While sand shading is much used in marquetry work it is normally used with great restraint so as not to call attention away from the veneers. Beautiful veneer is after all the whole point of doing marquetry in the first place. At least that is my take on it based on what I have read and seen, and I agree whole-heartedly with that philosophy. Some others might not agree and that is fine with me because I am only concerned about how I do my own work and not how others want to do theirs.

I hope you found something interesting here. Thanks for reading.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 06:56 PM

Looking great Mike. Nice of you to share this step-by-step process.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 08:41 PM

Mike is that a self portrait? :)
I;ve been following closely.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 08:58 PM

Mike i wish i could help but i ‘m just following along ,thinking of trying this soon and learning ,thanks for sharing , i think Paul ,’‘shipwright ’’would be a good source for the answer he seems to be a master at this craft ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 08-28-2014 09:08 PM

Thanks guys.

John It’s great to have fellow woodworkers like yourself to share it with.

Jamie Yes, that’s me before I stopped smoking in 1966.

Eddie Thanks for following this. I don’t think I asked a question here. That is not say that I have any answers! Paul has been a great help to get me started and he has been giving me advice when he sees I need it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 09:47 PM

Mike, a short instalment, but none the less just as interesting. I’m enjoying your blog.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 08-29-2014 05:24 AM

Well said Mike. There are, I believe, places for a “hard shadow” but by far most of the shading should be subtle.

I haven’t tried it yet myself but Patrice tells me that good results can be had by slipping a piece of paper into a saw cut (like the ones between leaf halves or in your case fingers) and loading the sand against it with a spoon. It leaves one side shaded and the other side protected.

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

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 09:01 AM

Thanks guys.

Paul Patrice’s shading technique sounds good. I am guessing it is hard to shade only the very bottom edge on a thin piece like the finger. Thanks for the tip.

I figured out why my design is coming loose. I almost always wake up with an answer by the next morning. The plywood used on the top and bottom of the packet was some old backing from some kitchen cabinets I got when my son remodeled. It had a poly finish on it, so of course the hot hide glue will not hold. So even though it is a problem with this project I’m relieved that I don’t have to worry about this very aggravating problem in the future. Where’s that long handle and shoe?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 08-29-2014 01:46 PM

Don,t kick yourself (I have made about 7 drum shelves and still non of al the 7 is oke).
To me the work your are doing looks good and I hope you will be satisfied when it is finished.


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#9 posted 08-29-2014 10:12 PM

Thanks Dutchy. Like most woodworkers I’m never 100% satisfied with any of my projects and I know I won’t with this one either. I know there will be a lot of small ‘fixes’ before I’m finished and it should turn out ok in the end.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 08-31-2014 01:14 PM

Wow is the only thought right now.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 08-31-2014 01:16 PM

Don’t get too excited Roger I will mess it up before too long.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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