The Black Rooster, a Marquetry Tray


The Black Rooster is an icon in the Chianti district of Toscana, the unlikely hero of a legend about how Sienna outwitted Florence to claim the territory. Today it is best known as the symbol of the consortium of wine makers of Chianti.
This tray is in honour of one of my favourite countries, regions and wines. It features some lovely curly Maple veneer that a friend gave me along with Bloodwood, Purpleheart, Holly, Poplar and a bit of dyed black.
The frame of the tray is Cherry dyed with aniline dyes (burnt sienna with a little red added) and the finish is French polish.
As is all of my marquetry, it is cut on the chevalet.

Thanks for looking


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We never tire of seeing your amazing marquetry!


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Its beautiful. Was it a commission piece or for your own kitchen?

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The choice of woods and the details in the leaves are beautiful. I’m curious as to how long a piece of art like this takes to complete?


Paul, you’re not a woodworker, you’re an artist…and a damn good one at that.

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Thanks for the comments.
It was not a commission nor was it specifically for our home. I did the marquetry to see if I could pull off the lettering and when I had cut it I had four copies and needed to put them on something. ……… so I made a tray. You can see another copy on my sharpening tool box here.

This didn’t take that long. The marquetry part gets divided by four because I cut four-up. The tray took a few hours. It’s really hard to say because I don’t often keep track but I’d say the marquetry took about fifteen hours and the tray another ten. …… really just guessing.
Thanks again.

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

oh my!!
amazing creation… those leaves … the seal.. wow

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That curly leaf sets a perfect palette Paul, I never cease to be amazed at your skill with marquetry

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Just came across this site and to little surprise, you are already here. You do some amazing work Paul, I continue to be inspired.

Wow that’s amazing work and most beautiful.

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