Learn the fundamentals of double bevel cutting veneers to create beautiful marquetry designs and understand the tricks of the trade for creating surface imagery with veneer. Students begin by completing a rudimentary design, then branch off into a personal project to complete an original design. Those new to marquetry can establish a strong foundation for continued work, while the more experienced advance their skills by tackling more elaborate compositions.
There is work with commercial veneers to develop marquetry designs, primarily by bevel-cutting with fret saws and scroll saws. Emphasis is on creating efficient methods for cutting, taping and aligning veneers.
Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, students learn to compose designs, strengthen drawing skills, and accomplish traditional double-bevel sawing with fret and scroll saws. There is also review of woodworking machines to cut, drill, and change the shape of commercial veneer, tape, vacuum press and finish.
James Macdonald has been a professional woodworker since 1981. He learned the double-bevel technique style marquetry from Silas Kopf and went on to co-teach with Silas at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. James makes art guitars and has created marquetry designs for the Gibson Custom Shop and Hinckley Yachts.