Why am I blogging this?
This will be my second marquetry using veneers. This one will be much more difficult than my first recently finished practice project (shown below) assigned to me by Paul aka Shipwright . It is probably too advanced for me at this stage and I will probably make a lot of mistakes, but I am hoping it will be a great learning experience if nothing else. My thought is that if you are at all interested you might enjoy seeing me stumble around in the dark for a couple of months while I work my way through this project and it will help motivate me to do my best so I won’t look too dumb.
I plan to use my new Chevalet for this project, but with the method I am using it could just as well be cut on a scroll sawl. So I hope you will join me and maybe have some laughs and who knows, you might even learn something if you’re lucky.
Selecting a motif
I wanted to do something original this time. I’m not artistically inclined, but my son Mark is. He does a lot of fantasy work and I liked this little wizard sharing quality time with his small dragon. I told him I hoped he didn’t mind my murdering his artwork and he said that it would be my art too since it was being done in a different medium. A very generous reply that warms an old dad’s heart.
Producing the marquetry drawing
This turned out to be a lot more difficult than I expected. The order of work on this is:
I may simplify this last drawing even more by eliminating the clouds and the folds in the wizard’s robe. This will help give grain continuity to the sky and also the robe.
Selection of background veneers
My thought process on the selection was as follows:
Luckily I had ordered some blue and green dyed veneers. I am not too thrilled to use dyed veneers because I prefer natural wood colors to make it obvious that the picture is made from wood. However, I realize that this picture would fall pretty flat without the blue and green colors and so I’m trying to conquer my prejudice for the sake of the artwork.
Here are the first veneers I’ve selected. Others will be added at a later stage. As you see I have numbered them since I haven’t a clue about all the different species. I do have a book of marquetry veneers by William A. Lincoln so I do plan to identify them in due course and I will include their names in this blog later.
The veneers shown are in sequential order starting with #1 at the bottom of the photo. You can compare these colors with the photo if you want to see if you like my selection, but remember other colors will be added later.
I welcome any suggestions you might have about anything I have done so far. I’m much more in the learning mode than the teaching mode here, so your comments will be appreciated whether negative or positive. My next blog will be about preparing the veneers for cutting, the method I plan to use and preparing the packet.
Thanks for looking in and I hope there is something interesting here for you.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway