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  1. Treasure Box series #1

    End of 2011 Patrick Edwards and myself found a box sold at Christie's for €15,000. We really liked the layout of the marquetry even if in detail the marquetry was average. We decided almost immediately to start on in as a spec job. We kept the overall layout but focused on drawing it at the...
  2. Painting In Wood Treasure Box

    This is the first time I have posted my work on this site. I suppose many of you already know about me, as I have been involved in antique restoration and marquetry for over 40 years. However, if you haven't heard about me yet, I will just introduce myself as a traditional pre industrial...
  3. Subcontracting Marquetry panels

    Once in a while we are contacted to provide marquetry panels for other cabinet makers. This is an old tradition for the french to subcontract the marquetry. We have at the American School of French Marquetry an early example of this practice. It is an intact 1874 panel shipped by french...
  4. HO HUM, ANOTHER CHEVALET de MARQUETERIE

    Finally finished and ready to go. I still have to put something into the round end of the knob, but otherwise pretty much done. I didn't have space in the shop to get photos from different angles so I followed Paul (Shipwright's) lead to take the pics on the terrace. It all started with an...
  5. Miniature Marquetry - No Child Left Behind

    In 2008, a friend of mine started a Mail Art project called His Legacy. The goal was, for diverse artist, to mail 2 postcard size Mail Art representing an interpretation of president Bush legacy. One to the white house and one to the Getty Museum, and this every weeks of the last year of Bush's...
  6. Marquetry Chart Boxes

    A friend gave me about a dozen sheets of this veneer a while ago and it immediately reminded me of an old parchment chart, the kind you see in movies about buried pirate treasure. It has been an idea in the back of my mind for about a year but recently I discovered a perfect use for such a...
  7. Two more chevalets shipped out

    I just shipped out two more plywood chevalets to Maryland and Texas. If this keeps up I'll get the hang of it soon. One of these was the fully assembled, tested, and broken down kit and the other was just the complete parts kit. This is the first time I've actually crated and shipped a plywood...
  8. Sandpipers for Sandpiper

    This is a little decoration for the galley table on my new to me sailboat "Sandpiper". I looked through a lot of photos before I found one I liked. It seems that sandpipers aren't particularly pretty birds on the ground. In flight however it's a different ball game. What really makes this...
  9. Treasure Box I, II and III

    It has been a while since I posted anything. This is not a single project post but more of a series of projects, our Treasure Boxes. Each Treasure box series is composed of 4 boxes, I have finished and delivered the 1st of our 3rd series and I wanted to share with you our latest youtube video...
  10. Chevalet de Marqueterie

    So I was thinking….If I'm going to get serious about marquetry, I really need a chevalet. I've been thinking about them ever since the last time I was in Europe and saw them still in use. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of free plans around so I sort of designed my own from the photos I was...
  11. Chevalet Number Three........... "Bob's Chevy"

    This is my third chevalet de marqueterie. I should be getting it down pat soon. There is a difference this time however, this one is a commission for a friend, a fellow Lumberjock in fact. He is a fine marqueteur already and I can't wait to see what he does with a chevalet in his hands. The...
  12. Chevy II, The Canadian Cousin

    This is my new chevalet de marqueterie, the Canadian version. This one is made of Garry Oak, one of our local hardwoods and has some improvements over the Az. model: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45446 It works amazingly and I can't wait to get started. Accent woods are Paduk, Arbutus, and a...
  13. Feathered Warrior

    This is a recent commissioned piece made for a collector of masks into an approximately 14×14 wall canvas. Cut on my chevalet in a 4 layer packet of Maple, Walnut and Anigre veneer which resulted in four complete individual motifs. Arm R Seal finish. Client was very happy with how it turned...
  14. Small Tool Organizer

    This one started out as a bit of marquetry just to practice cutting, sand shading and to test my new home made drum sander: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57158 The trouble is that when you've finished playing, you need to find a use for it. A quick mitered box seemed the easiest thing to make...
  15. A Tribute To My Mentors

    When I started my blog on this project last summer I said that it was a tribute to my mentors and teachers, Patrick Edwards and Patrice Lejeune of the American School of French Marquetry and this project post is dedicated to them. Patrick told me when I attended my first course that if I wanted...
  16. DT Tool Swap Items

    It was, after all, a dovetail themed tool swap so the box is on theme if not a tool. :-) Here's the story: My special niche is marquetry so I naturally wanted to add a little to my swap items and the obvious (to me anyway) way was to use the recipient's initials. I'll accept the blame...
  17. A Bevy of Chevys

    It's time to give back some of what I've learned over the last few years. I am sold on the chevalet as the best way to cut marquetry and I want to expand its popularity. To that end I have decided to start a school for French Marquetry and the chevalet in my shop here in Canada. I do not mean to...
  18. Pembroke table #1

    Before we started working on the Pembroke table #2 in 2009, we did another pembroke table This is a 3 paire of hand project. We were housing a french trainee, Hubert Jego, whom graduated in furniture making and had little experience in marquetry. To help him progress and also practice...
  19. Boulle Chevalet Demo for the Guild

    I have been asked to do a chevalet and marquetry demonstration for the Vancouver Island Woodworkers' Guild at their September meeting. I have about an hour …... not much time if I want to describe the process, even very generally and still demonstrate the tool and have a finished motif to show...
  20. Four Trays of Chickadees

    My wife asked me to make her a tray for her birthday ….. with a chickadee on a branch. This is in my mind at least a very overworked theme in marquetry but I agreed to give it a shot. I at least wanted it to look lifelike so I started a search of images on Google where I found this one. I...
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