Marquetry: tools & techniques – W0607-19

Date: Jul 08 - 12, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Jim Macdonald

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45

Concept:

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.

Media & Techniques:

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.

Activities:

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.

Faculty:

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.

www.jamesmacdonaldartguitars.com


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