The Art of Marquetry
by Craig Vandall Stevens

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA


ISBN 0-7643-0237-X

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Extract from back cover of book:

The idea that one can paint a picture using the natural colours of wood, precious metals and gems is an ancient one. Artifacts enriched with colourful designs were left behind in the tombs of the Egyptians. By modern definition, these surface decorations are more closely related to inlay. In the mid 16th century, Italian craftsmen began using marquetry as a furniture decorating art. Marquetry is a technique where different colours of wood veneers are carefully cut to fit precisely together, creating a design in a single sheet. This veneer sheet or picture is then glued to a solid, stable surface.

The art of marquetry as a means of decorating a surface has become one of the most rewarding aspects of Craig Vandal Steven's work as a furnituremaker Using a technique called the double-bevel cut, The Art of Marquetry takes the novice to the advance woodworker through a fully illustrated step-by-step process from design to the finish. Hundreds of colour photographs in the book demonstrate how to saw your own veneers out of solid wood planks, the tools and materials required, using the scroll saw and the fret saw, choosing wood, design, shading with hot sand, and finishing.

Patterns for four different projects are included as is a gallery of variations and applications to inspire the marquetarian in you.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial


A "Word" from the Author
Introduction to The Art of Marquetry

Woods for Marquetry
Marquetry Tools and Supplies

Introduction to Resawing

Equipment to Double-Bevel Cutting

A First Project:
- Marquetry Using a Scroll Saw
- Marquetry Using a Fret Saw

A Second Project: Curled Aspen Leaf
- Marquetry Using Thin Veneers

A Third Project: Copper Iris

A Fourth Project: Winter Bird


Glossary of Terms
Sequence of Events Checklist
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