A whale of a time (Marquetry) #1: The Plan

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 04-28-2011 02:57 PM 5892 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m starting a very exciting project. Anything new that I try is exciting for me. I love new things and new techniques. I build a lot of murphy beds, as you can see from my post, but when I got customer wanting to add a whale design to one, I was all in.

I don’t consider myself an artist or my work art, so this would be my first attempt at something like that. I’ve heard and read a little on marquetry and decided this would be the direction I’d take the customer. If you don’t know, Marquetry is the cutting and assembling of a variety of thin woods (veneers) into a pattern or picture. There are a lot of great artist that have great marquetry work on Lumberjocks. I even messaged a few for some great information.

I had the customer send me a couple pictures of whales they liked. I had their picture turned into a simple two color design that I sent back to the customer as a scale version of the murphy bed face. Here is what I sent:
whale marquetry proof

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 02:58 PM

I’m a little behind on posting, so the video today will show a few steps ahead.

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#2 posted 04-29-2011 04:47 AM

I do like starting new projects, sometimes they kick my butt though. The marquetry is looking good, a bit out of the ordinary. The table you are working on is incredible, I think it is Sal’s table. Nice web site you got there, very well constructed.

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#3 posted 04-29-2011 12:57 PM

Thanks bill.

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