Founder / Instructor at The Canadian School of French Marquetry

I'm a retired wood boat builder. I spent most of my life self employed, owned a small shipyard for a while and retired in 2004 after selling a small ferry business that I started in 1990. When I sold it, it had twelve 20' ferries , nine of which I had built myself.
In my retirement I sail my 30' Nonsuch Catboat in the Canadian Gulf Islands and the American San Juans and play in my fully equipped woodworking shop.
I took up marquetry in 2010 and have built around fifteen chevalets (de marqueterie) Most of my woodworking now involves marquetry in some form but everything I make involves a challenge to accomplish something I haven't done before.
In 2015 I opened The Canadian School of French Marquetry teaching in my shop in Cowichan Bay, but as of fall 2019 have replaced the in shop classes with interactive video classes.

http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/index.html

-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Marqutery School #4: Home Classes a Success!

shipwright — My first student has just finished his level one interactive video course and it was a big success. He received over three hours of video instruction and sent me ten videos of his work for critique. We communicated on messenger several times a...

Marqutery School #3: New Directions: Home Classes

shipwright — It is time for a change at CSFM. I have decided to stop offering in shop classes and start offering the same (exact) classes via private interactive video. I am currently working through the level one class with a student in Texas who bought a...

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Dyeing Veneer, an Update

shipwright — I wrote an article in the January issue of our “Woodworking Monthly” about dyeing veneer for marquetry and in it I used a light aluminium oven tray as a dye container. Well …. to make a long story short …. don’t do that. It turns out that the...

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The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #8: Leg Vice Upgrade

shipwright — I’ve been doing a bit of repetitive hand cutting (dovetails) in my leg vice (or vise if you prefer) lately and while I am very happy with it in general, I guess the one drawback has always been that you almost need another hand for the wedge...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #7: Installing the Leg Vice and Finishing Up

shipwright — The leg vice is so simple as to be self explanatory and its installation likewise, to the point that you can install it and uninstall it in less than a minute. This is nice on those occasions when you don’t want a vice in the way of your work...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #6: Mounting the Wagons and Cosmetic Top

shipwright — As a boat builder I worked with epoxy A LOT… so for me it was a no brainer that the vices would be loose fitted and fixed in place with epoxy. This gives both the best possible fit and the strongest grip you’re going to find. That doesn’t mean...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #5: Assembling the Interlaid Legs

shipwright — Ok, lets get into the leg assemblies. This is one of the really interesting parts of my bench. The leg assemblies end up as perfectly fitted finger joints with the very best possible glue joint but can be cut and assembled with butt joints and...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #4: Fitting the Sides and Ends

shipwright — I know that I have said that there is no “fancy joinery” in this bench and there certainly doesn’t have to be. There is however, in my own bench, a simple dovetail joint in the top frame corners. It is purely decorative and a box joint or even a...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #3: Building the Plywood Bench Top

shipwright — NOTE: Most of this page can be avoided if you want to just drill your dog holes in the layered plywood. The inserts are the “Cadillac version”. Part of the plan for this bench from the start was that is was to use inter-laid layers of plywood...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #2: Building the Wagon Vices

shipwright — OK, lets get started. I will go through the build process in the same order that I built the bench and as a non-working concept of wedge power would have been a deal breaker, the first job was to build a wagon vice or two to make sure they would...

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