Marquetry Jewellery Box #9: Just Pretty Pictures

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Once the drawer mechanics were sorted out to my satisfaction, I was able to apply the marquetry to the last six and get a first coat of shellac on them to protect the surface until finishing time. I was prepared for it but the beauty and colours of the sawn veneers took me by surprise. I’m guessing that the vibrancy of the colours has something to do with the fact that the logs were not abused prior to the veneer being cut as is the case with slicing.

Whatever the cause, the result is stunning IMHO. Just thought you might enjoy a look.
(Yes I did notice the blob of junk on my lens …. but too late for these photos.)

Applying the shellac

Thanks for looking in.


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

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You know…You say you have a mentor, that’s fair…most apprentices have to do a project to prove they’ve learned the craft. I suspect that this might lift you a level or two in that marquetry club (not that that beautiful “notes” table hasn’t already). I’ll give you my best Canadian compliment : “That’s really nice”

(Obviously found some words after the shock wore off)

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Absolutely stunning result Paul. I also much admire your sand shading work as it is so beautifully done and adds such great depth to the design and colors.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Thanks all,

Abbas, if you look back at segment two here, you will see the process I went through to pick the colours for the flowers. For the leaves I always meant to use poplar as it is a rare natural green, even though the old masters usually used golds and red-browns.

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

Not just pretty picture Paul.
I would say beautiful. I gaze at them with amazement for few minutes and when back again.
The color are vibrant.

How long did it take you to chose the veneer for the different part to get these colors? I am just wondering.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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