This year at Marc Adams was a full class, invigorated students and what a great atmosphere to make some excellent marquetry pieces, stretch the limits, and get into some dynamic veneering. I did attempt my 8 min chessboard (OK… so it was 12 min.) and I did a demo marquetry table for the class that got auctioned off for 500.- to help support the R.Cliff Educational Foundation at the school. Everyone took home at least two projects, and were happy with this new found skill under their belt! The MASW is always interesting with the diverse classes that are taught there, and a great opportunity for me to see other teachers teach their unique skills. It reminds me that we are all students at some level, and there is always more to learn. I hope to be back at MASW in 2019, after getting caught up with my 18 month backlog of projects I have left at home!
The Des Moines Woodworkers Guild was an excellent class for all, (or so I was lead to believe?) but then again, this teacher demanded a lot from everyone, and indeed, everyone did great. Each one of you thought up and designed these jewelry box lid/ art hanging panels, built them, sanded them, and when the sand-through happened, (Just don’t even think of picking that belt-sander up !!!) blend and fix them, and we all get to learn something. Request from the marquetry boot camp instructor… “We will get to see ALL of these panels with some finish on them soon! (they would look so much prettier in the photos)”
Photos by Wes Ritchie
This marquetry class was held at the Kings Wood shop, on one beautiful island in this tropical place. Most of the woodworkers here thrive in small shops that have open window and doors, some with challenging conditions, beautiful green surroundings, and working with the native woods are a pleasure to work with! I even found a little mascot in the woodpile that I became fond of! Much of the marquetry we did was made with shop-sawn veneer, about 1.5mm thick, and patterns constructed much in the same way that commercial thickness veneer are used. (1/42”- .06mm)
I am amazed at the variety of Koa, which I understand has over 80 (?) identifiable (???) variations of grain/color/figure, that can be used to construct an entire image with delicacy, depth and contrast, using just that wood alone. I so enjoyed my time here, and would like to spend more time in Hawaii, but might not get much work done with the beautiful water and lounging in this comfortable warmth and visiting happy people!
It was the second time I have been here to the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild that has a membership with hundreds woodworkers, a great supportive environment with regular meetings with great turn out, a well appointed shop, excellent organized system for having healthy programs and mentoring that really support this wood-skill building process. Having a members shop is the way to go! All one needs is a ton of Sq./Footage and dedicated people to guide it. I was treated very well, and it is a pleasure to see the diversity and creativity of these fine folks, as you can see for yourself! The marquetry designs are a good mix of traditional and modern work, and I am looking forward to returning in October 2017, to do a ‘Box with marquetry class’. I want to throw a table saw jig or two into the mix this time!
Check them out: www.kcwoodworkersguild.org
This 2015 marquetry class held in Santa Rosa CA was the third time I have given a seminar at Davids shop in this lovely northern CA town. It was a full class of 10 students, and the range of work was impressive, as I have come to expect from the students that come to his school. This four-day class is a condensed version of the 5 and 6-day class, so the heat is usually on pretty high, to get all projects designed, cut, sand shaded, assembled and finished. Most students made two panels, and my favorite was the abstract cow, and the three wine barrels with the brass faucets with what appeared to be a gazillion parts, which actually got finished by the fourth day! We also got to experiment a bit with pushing veneer to its limit, yet again.