Monthly Book Giveaway - March 2023

Facets ..... The last of three


Facets is so named because it reminds me of a cut stone in a setting. It is a dodecahedron box withe a wooden hinge and again, hand dyed marquetry in “watercolor” style. The marquetry was done as in Cabinetree, in double bevel style on the scroll saw. This is the last piece I did that way before moving on to build my first chevalet.

The box is veneered with shop sawn Bubinga and Western Maple and the base is ebonized Garry Oak. The gold leaf accents are imitation stuff that applies very much like the real thing and works quite well.

Thanks for looking,


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


Very nice.

The base is very elegant. The “gold” leaf really enhance it
Where do you buy them from?

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Did you notice the toes? Here’s the imitation gold leaf.

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

I did but the main focus was at the part holding the to box.

Thanks !

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Those are right joints. Is not easy to cut those compound mitres and have them all line up perfectly. Nice design too.

Losing fingers since 1969

Absolutely elegant man, all three are really.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

This is called Art, Paul. Congrats!

Martin Sojka, Maker of Craftisian

Certainly one of a kind and so well made. I agree with Martin. More art than carpentry, although the carpentry is also very challenging and so well done too!

Mike, an American living in Norway

you’re killing us with these projects Paul! Well done!

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Outstanding….. Do you stay awake nights thinking of these things…. LOL


I love this piece. The shape, the marquetry, the wood selections all shout classic shipwright. The result is a really striking creation.

Thanks everyone for all the kind words on these three. It’s been a while and my marquetry has improved a lot but I still love these three. I’m glad I could bring out some smiles.

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

I have not seen this creation of yours before and yes it made me smile as I enjoy your creative projects and the qualety of them .

Paul, when I saw the thumbnail, before clicking to open the posting, I said shipwright made this….and I was correct. Wow Paul, this is absolutely beautiful. Your work really, really inspires me. I know nothing of marquetry, as I build my furniture from solid wood, but the more I see your work, the more I become very interested. I make my living in the Mechanical Engineering world, so I have spent all of my life paying close attention to details. Paul, your work is exceptional and it shows you truly have an eye for the fine details. Thanks for posting, Paul. I always look forward to seeing your work.

Steve Gaskins

Amazing artistry! Not t mention great craftsmanship.


Amazing work Paul

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Another spectacular piece, Paul!

Amor Vincit Omnia

I saw this project on Craftisian’s Instagram page and i just had to look it up to get the full story. Amazing work of art Paul but then all your projects are! Your work always inspires me to keep practising my marquetry. I’m very much a novice!


This is a piece of art, a beautiful, crafted box, that must have been a challenge to build, I would not even know where to start with something like this. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work.

Main Street to the Mountains

holly s**t about incredible wood art ! i dont think there is anyone here in your league ! i bow !

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