Karen, Charlotte, Martha and Mattie - four Boulle style marquetry boxes

 These four Boulle style marquetry boxes are the result of a very enjoyable and challenging years wood working. I always like a challenge and having dabbled with various methods and styles of marquetry on previous projects I decided to have a go at Boulle style marquetry. The essence of Boulle marquetry is the use of brass, pewter (tin), ebony and tortoise shell as the veneers, rather than different coloured woods. With the metal elements then engraved to add extra detail to the design, you have a style that will for ever be attributed to Andre Charles Boulle, 'Ebeniste du Roi' to Louis XIV.

The pictures of the four different tops are taken before the metal was engraved and the tops finished. You can see details of the completed boxes in my projects - http://lumberjocks.com/madburg/projects

Also for more on my journey in learning the intricacies of Boulle style marquetry see my Boulle Marquetry blogs starting with http://lumberjocks.com/madburg/blog/104298

Thanks for looking. 



Steven- Random Orbital Nailer


Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

This is beyond incredible.  I am simply awestruck.  You are truly a master, and my hat's off to you.

BTW, I'm commenting on this collection you posted.  The same would be said for the rest.

Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

Very nice, lovely and functional.  Great work for sure.


exceptional work !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

intricate and fascinating!

Love the hidden drawers!

Sasha. - Life is not a draft, you can't redo it tomorrow

Thanks all,always good to get your comments.  I'll have to see if I can copy the blog across about my journey with the Boulle.
Super top shelf work. Art to look at, very well done.
Your boxes are simply beautiful!


Amazing boxes!!  All of the boxes are a work of art.  Well done.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

These boxes are incredible looking. It's hard to believe work like this can be done without a computer.

.................. John D....................

These are absolutely beautiful. 

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

Thanks again. John - the design was manipulated using the basic drawing in MSWord, so tracing an original and then resizing the tracings to fit and printing them of to stick on the substrate. Other than that no computer, laser, or CNC machining, everything was cut by hand. If you want any more checkout the blog on that other site.

Top shelf stuff, Maddie!

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD