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08-16-2019 08:07 AM

I’m a little late posting this. I got the word almost a month ago. I guess I’m still in shock. I entered my Jean Francois Oeben inspired boxes in the Veneertech Craftsman’s Challenge a few months ago and they actually won their category.
I have won honourable mention there before but actually winning a category is way beyond my wildest expectation. Needless to say, I’m very pleased. The competition was pretty steep.
I want to thank my LJ friends who have encouraged and supported me on my marquetry journey over the last (has it really been) eight years or so. Without that encouragement this certainly would not have happened.

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

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#1 posted 08-16-2019 08:45 AM

Hi Paul,
That may come as some surprise to you that you won the award but it certainly doesn’t come as a surprise to me.
I,ve admired your work for a while now and was just showing my Lovie Cheryl one of your 120 posted projects here My Cheryl was in awe as I took her through your home page. And in particular one of your boats and then the marquetry that you created of a picture of that particular boat.
I just wonder if there is any young blokes coming through with anywhere like the skills you have.
Very nice work and congratulations on the award.
Kind Regards
Anthony (Hong Kong)

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#2 posted 08-16-2019 09:30 AM

Well done Paul and well deserved, exceptional classic pieces – join the trophy club. Its great to get recognition – these are a few of mine,

but I’m sure our WA Wood Show is on a far, far smaller scale than your Veneertech Craftsman’s Challenge. You can get bitten by the winning bug, which is partiliy what drives me each year to make the next project, and try to come up with something that bit more special. I wouldn’t want to go ‘head to head’ with you!!

I missed the finished post of your boxes, so good to be refered back to them …..... really exceptional. Looking forward to your next project.

-- Madburg WA

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#3 posted 08-16-2019 10:18 AM

Top notch as always Paul.

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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#4 posted 08-16-2019 10:23 AM

Congratulations Paul. Your expertise is to be envied and deserves recognition like this. I should also mention that your willingness to share knowledge and experience with aspiring ebenistes is appreciated by many of us and also deserves recognition.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 08-16-2019 10:38 AM

Congrats Paul!

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 08-16-2019 10:41 AM

Thanks for sharing your award and the Boxes you made. these should be an inspiration to more woodworkers to what we can do with time and patience and practice. I think a lot of instruction would help also.

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#7 posted 08-16-2019 10:47 AM

As one who has watched what you do here on Lj, it is well deserved.

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#8 posted 08-16-2019 11:07 AM

Congratulations Paul, a well deserved recognition for your brilliant work over the years. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 08-16-2019 11:23 AM

You deserve it Paul, as your work is in the ranks of the greats… Whats next and how are you going to top it? :)


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#10 posted 08-16-2019 12:00 PM

Well done Paul and well deserved as well. That’s an amazing piece and your work is first class. Great to see recognition going where it’s deserved!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#11 posted 08-16-2019 12:01 PM

+1 on what everyone else said. Your marquetry projects are some of the best projects posted on LJ.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#12 posted 08-16-2019 12:28 PM

Outstanding achievement Paul! Congrats

Your Jean Francois Oeben inspired boxes belong in a museum, the Smithsonian will do.

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#13 posted 08-16-2019 12:46 PM

Congrats, buddy. It’s high time your exceptional talent was formally recognized. Of course, us LJs have long admired your beautiful work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 08-16-2019 12:49 PM

Congrats Paul. Well deserved recognition.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#15 posted 08-16-2019 01:34 PM

Your work deserves a myriad of awards, congrats Paul.


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