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    Using the Chevalet du Marqueterie I just completed Stage 1: Boulle at American School of French Marquetry with Shipwright (Paul) in San Diego where we studied under the undisputed authority in this field Patrick Edwards. Patrick and his staff did a wonderful job of hosting us, and we learned a...
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    Simple Precision Arc Inlay Jig I had the need this afternoon for a way to cut a curved groove for a veneer inlay. It needed to be absolutely accurate and easy enough that even I couldn't screw it up. A half hour later I had this little jig. I thought someone else may find it useful. The first...
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    Getting the lumber It's been awhile since I've posted here on LumberJocks, but because there seems to be interest in the Chevalet here, I thought this would be best place to chronicle my Chevalet build. I decided to pick up a Chevalet kit from Patrick Edwards. It came with full-size drawings...
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    Where it all Started. Some of you may remember a couple of months ago I posted a new segment in my blog about marquetry cutting styles describing the "painting in wood" style. Well, once I started cutting the classic French design (pattern in the back of the workbook from ASFM) I started...
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    New : Marquetry, veneering, finishing forum I have been revamping and upgrading the American School of French Marquetry website lately and we just launched a forum for everyone to use post and ask questions or help others in this fields. As any Forum we need people to start and to make this...
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    The History of the Chevalet de Marqueterie From W Patrick Edwards blog When I started restoring marquetry on antique furniture in 1969, I looked at Diderot and Roubo for information on what kind of tool the French were using. What I found was called a donkey, and it had a seat, a foot pedal...
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    Don't look, Patrick and Patrice! A CNC made Chevalet After spending a wonderful week at the American School of French Marquetry, it's time to build my own chevalet. How hard can it be? :-P. I purhcased the hardware and full scale plans from Patrick Edwards of ASFM, and also downloaded...
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    A tribute to my mentors It seems like only yesterday that I built my first chevalet from a few photos on the internet and began to try to figure out how to use it. Well it wasn't yesterday and it wasn't last year either. It was almost four years ago and while I did learn on my own and produced...
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    First Cuts I finished my Chevalet build a while ago and now I have been getting to know the tool. After I finished tuning the Chevalet, I needed to find the first image I would cut. I tried to find something interesting but "simple" to start with. Seeing that this a French tool I chose a...
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    First Marquetry Post since AFSM I'm real rusty and haven't had a chance to do a project I wanted to do since I returned from AFSM a year ago so I thought it was about time. I decided I needed a JIG to cut Dove Tail splines, it just popped into my head so here is the JIG in the first picture...
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    Cutting Letters in Marquetry I am a lover of travel and of Italy in particular. Toscana is my favorite province and Chianiti my favorite region. When I built my first chevalet, my first attempt at marquetry with it was Il Gallo Nero, the black rooster that is a very old symbol of the region. It...
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    Recreating a process - Videos - Hand tools, veneer, picking machine and chevalet Couple years ago Patrick Edwards from Antique Refinishers and the American School of French Marquetry whom I work with, was featured in 2 videos published by Graham Blackburn and bought by Popular woodworking. They...
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    Upgrading my Desk Doors Back in 2009 when my "woodworking as a hobby" life was just getting started I became interested in veneering and marquetry. Problem was I knew nothing about marquetry so I used a set of router bushings made for inlaying and adapted a style of marquetry cutting with them...
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    General Concept This is the blog that I promised detailing my experiments in what I call "watercolor style" aniline dying. My sincere hope is that it will encourage some of you to jump in and help develop what I think is a huge potential of which I've only scratched the surface. The idea of...
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    A Day With The Shipwright! I spent the day with Paul Miller yesterday and got my first taste of Boulle Marquetry. I have been interested in marquetry for about 4 years now. This was a huge learning experience. The Chevalet was very intuitive to use. I found it pretty easy to stay dead on the...
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    Top restoration We were contacted by a client to restore his Boulle cartel clock. Boulle is no fun to restore, it is time consuming and quite a special. For budget reasons we are restoring his piece by stages. The clock is composed of 3 parts and each of them will be restored in 3 sessions...
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    Wood Gloat and a Little Glueing OK, I'm a little impulsive but I work quickly so maybe I can pull this off. I'm showing my jewellery box at the Sooke Fine Art Show in a week and will be doing four hours of chevalet / marquetry demos there as well. When I have done this in the past I have always...
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    First Students Tomorrow My first marquetry course starts tomorrow morning. I've been preparing for a couple of weeks and I think I'm as prepared as I could be. The classroom The textbooks The work areas Glue making, packet assembly and mounting board materials The packets for the...
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    Sketchup is ready for proofing I spent several hours today measuring and inputting to SU to come up with a workable set of plans for this "easy to build" model chevalet and it is at the point that I would like some feedback, let's call it proof-reading. It is as yet un-dimensioned, although it...
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