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Marquetry is the making of pictures and patterns by using thin cut pieces of different wood species. This thinly sliced wood is called veneer. The various characteristics of each wood, that is each species’ distinctive color and grain, are leveraged to add depth and interest to the picture. Each piece of wood is cut to fit precisely to the adjoining pieces.
Cutting and Assembling Component Parts
Most often, the cutting of each piece is done on a scroll saw; sometimes a knife is used as well. Once all the pieces are cut and taped together, almost in a jigsaw puzzle-like manner, the picture is glued to a thicker piece of wood. Most often the picture and or patten is then integrated into a piece of furniture.
My attraction to this art form was almost immediate when I first saw it. It did feel almost magical the way the wood’s color and grain could be so convincingly used to represent images. The wood’s natural warmth made it even more alluring.
Upon learning the basic cutting process, I set about to teach myself the full process involved in marquetry. I soon saw incredible artistic potential for this medium and have been producing and experimenting with it for over 30 years.
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