Marqutery School #2: School's Out, a Learning Experience (good)


This is part 2 in a 4 part series: Marqutery School

Well, it’s over. my first course in French marquetry, level one, ended yesterday and the consensus is that we all learned a lot. The students learned about French marquetry and I learned about teaching French marquetry.

Thank you Len, Kendra, and Phil. I could not have asked for better, more enthusiastic first students.
The topics covered were the making of grease paper and assembly of packets, cutting on the chevalets, assembly of motifs, filling with mastic and finally pressing to a substrate. Of course all this was done with hide glue.

We used both hot hide glue and liquid hide glue (Old Brown Glue) and pressed some pieces with cooled HHG and a hot caul. The three motifs were assembled one each, on French kraft paper, masking tape, and self adhesive shelf liner to give a broad experience. They were also cut in three different thicknesses (1/42", 1/28", and 1/16") of veneer to give the same diversity.

When they were tired of cutting we took a break and did some hammer veneering.

Enough talk, here are some pictures.

If that’s not enough for you the whole album with captions is here.
I had a great time and can’t wait to do it again in June. In the mean time it was nice to go up and break down the chevys this morning and get my old shop back.

Thanks for looking in.


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


Congrats Paul

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Fantastic! Looks like everyone had a great time and the results speak for themselves. Congratulations and good luck on the next class.

Losing fingers since 1969

Well done.


Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Looks like a fun class. The end results are wonderful.


Paul, Congrats! Job well done. It has been fun coming along via the internet, looks like it was a lot of work, and I bet you are gonna have a “Post Partum” feeling for a while. Woodworking in America is in Kansas City this week end, and I had the pleasure of getting to know a friend of yours:

Had a two hour session with him Yesterday on French Marquetry, and will be spending another two hour session on french polishing tomorrow. Also met the fella from Ozark Mo who is working on the Chevalet project with Patrick. Believe it or not, your name came up along with Roger Bean : ) I feel like I’m slowly getting to know the “players” in French Marquetry ! Anyway, Congratulations on your first Class!

Dave Clark

Congratulation Paul!

Everyone seems very happy.

That’s a lot of material and techniques covered in a short time.
You should hang that last picture in your shop… I would.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

David, Say hi to Patrick for me. I feel honoured to have had my name come up in that group. If I’m a player at all, I’m not on the starting lineup just yet. I’ve got a lot more dues to pay.

Abbas, I won’t be hanging the photo in my shop. I have something better. I got to keep these.

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

Very interesting , seeing how the process works . Nice job


Well done. Knowledge is power and you just given those three a great deal of power with an overlay of self accomplishment. Something they and I am sure you will never forget. Job well done.


What a great class! I sure wish I lived closer to you and could have joined in. I especially love that you have them do their portraits and you get to keep a record in marquetry!

Amor Vincit Omnia

Thanks Cindy, I stole that one from Patrick. He has a self portrait like these of every student he has had.

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

The portraits definitely beat the pictures :)

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Wonderful classroom, tools, curriculum and teacher. What a great start for this new dimension you have added to your marquetry Paul. I hope you recruited your students to the woodworking sites so we can enjoy seeing their work in the future.

Mike, an American living in Norway

I’ve enjoyed watching the classroom as well Paul.

Randy - If I'm not on the computer than I'm out making sawdust.

I just had to check out your posts. I have missed keeping up with the woodworking community. Working my butt off as a contractor has left me with little time to follow others. I plan on changing that.

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