Workshop Recap: Introduction to Marquetry

Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture

Good morn­ing! It’s Jenn here today, with a recap of the work­shop Dad taught in April on an Intro­duc­tion to Mar­quetry. I was lucky enough to assist him teach­ing the course, so I was there to see all the great work the stu­dents cre­at­ed while try­ing (and fail­ing) to keep us on sched­ule.  All­to­geth­er though I think it was a good class, and we got some excel­lent feed­back to help us make the next one even bet­ter.

This course was a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between the Wash­ing­ton Woodworker’s Guild and the stu­dio space we worked in, Nova Labs. Though Dad has been a mem­ber of the guild for some years, this was our first time vis­it­ing the Nova Labs work­shop and we were impressed! It is a fan­tas­tic col­lab­o­ra­tive space, with some incred­i­ble tools at the member’s dis­pos­al (not the least of which is the wealth of knowl­edge of the oth­er mem­bers).  We hope to work with both groups to bring back a sec­ond class, so stay tuned.

Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture

We start­ed out learn­ing a lit­tle about mar­quetry in gen­er­al — what it was used for, notable exam­ples, and a lit­tle back­ground of the tech­niques we would be imple­ment­ing. Then we dove right into the scroll saw cut­ting, with this prac­tice cut to help every­one get into the groove.

Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture

After our first bout on the scroll was, we walked through the basics of build­ing a mar­quetry pack­et for cut­ting on the scroll saw- veneer choic­es, some col­or the­o­ry, and the prag­mat­ic issues that arise when you’re work­ing with a del­i­cate mate­r­i­al that’s 1/​40th” thick.

Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture
Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture

Once pack­ets had been assem­bled and then cut, stu­dents had the chance to start build­ing their own mar­quetry pieces by reassem­bling the cut pack­ets into pic­tures, and then we walked through the basics of glu­ing.

Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture
Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture
Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture
Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture

On day two, we walked through the final steps in the assem­bly process and stu­dents were able to glue up their fin­ished pan­els, and even had time to try a sec­ond pic­ture.  Some stu­dents got real­ly cre­ative with their designs, which was great!

Introduction to Marquetry | Heller and Heller Furniture

In the end not every­one was able to reveal their fin­ished pic­tures due to the dry­ing time, but we are real­ly impressed with the work every­one cre­at­ed.  Here are some exam­ples of fin­ished stu­dent work:

We’re real­ly look­ing for­ward to the oppor­tu­ni­ty to try a course like this again!  In the future, we would love to try both an intro and more advanced class, where we could dis­cuss tech­niques to give a pic­ture more depth, like sand shad­ing. If you’re inter­est­ed in a course like this, be sure to fol­low Dave on insta­gram where we will announce a newslet­ter signup, and new class­es.

A big thank you to Nova Labs and the Wash­ing­ton Woodworker’s Guild for mak­ing this hap­pen!

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