This marquetry class at David Marks school was in the planning for more than a year, and was a great success. His shop is located in Santa Rosa, CA, and features classes with David as well as other instructors. There are several marquetry and inlay artists that have taught there, and David teaches furniture building, joinery, turning, metal patination, gilding, as well as his double bevel technique of marquetry. The marquetry class had a few people from out of state, but mostly local woodworkers. As you can see from the pics, there were several projects that were very different in nature, generated from concepts that students brought to the class. One of the projects was marquetry with turned wooden vessels. Here was one that had a strand of flowers laminated onto the conical surface of a turned bowl. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate a ‘free bagging’ technique, where one can make a vacuum bag with clear 6-mill poly plastic and plumbers’ putty, in order to apply clamping pressure onto a compound surface, which would otherwise be next to impossible.
The two, 2-day Hawaiian Marquetry Classes in Oahu and on the Big Island had an interesting blend of traditional and contemporary woodworkers, ukulele makers, with a few attending from different countries. All are in love with Hawai’i, and cherish using the beautiful indigenous woods that grow on the islands. It is an expensive place to live, and most items that we mainlanders find easily and take for granted, are hard to obtain, or cost a fortune to ship. (even veneer!!)
The objective of this 2-day class was to cut local wood into shop-sawn veneer, and create marquetry using the packet cutting technique normally reserved for thinner 1/42” veneer. This together with other tools and supplies found at local hardware stores, marquetry was made, and quite nicely I might add!
I am certain we shall see some great marquetry at the annual Hawaii Woodshow 2014!
The 2013 Hawaii Woodshow opening night was well attended, had over 80 pieces of excellent work, a lot of sales that night, and ohhhh… the beautiful woods they use!
check this link out… http://woodshow.hawaiiforest.org/
After the tour of old haunts and the older shops in Europe and finishing the trip with a presentation to the UK Marquetarian society, we returned from record heat in sweltering London, to more hot weather in Las Vegas. The AWFS show was good, attendance up slightly from the year before, more sales with optimism that was apparent. The first 4 hour session on Marquetry (of course) and a four-hour presentation on vacuum forming and laminating. This subject of vacuum is becoming more relevent in my shop for cutting edge new work, such making dresses for this bustier top, or the pod cabinet that was done my infusing epoxy into a form to create the staves. More to come !!
This 6’ diameter piece is an dynamic display cabinet, featuring ten articulated nestling doors made of epoxy infused fiberglass, compound curved doors, brushed black oak shelves and gold plated steel hardware. One finger operation.
The Class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking on Oct 1. -7, 2012 was an action packed event, with 18 students cranking out an original cabinet/jewelry box with a curved front panel with veneer or marquetry, anywhere between 30” and 60” high. Quite an accomplishment for all 18 students, some of which had never done marquetry, or even cabinetry before. The work was fast paced, with 3 full size vacuum presses running curved work for three days straight, joining machines and hand tools everywhere. The pressure was on by Thursday and the school looked pretty trashed by Friday, and almost everyone completed what they set out to do, with an astonishing range of marquetry designs, which you can see here…
I enjoyed the 7 days of teaching, seeing all the different ways something can be done, along with the challenges of solving some of the most vexing problems and high stake dilemmas presented during the week, It was quite invigorating, inspiring and exhausting. However, great fun was had, wood chips, dust was made, and everyone cranked out some impressive stuff. I look forward to teaching here again in 2014 after my sabbatical !
Mike Harrinton finished his cabinet first and sent me his pic…… Karillian Birch, Mahogany with a Cherry framework. Very nice!!