Marquetry, What is that?

May 04, 2016

Marquetry, What is that?

Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to create decorative patterns, designs or pictures. To inlay is to set a natural material like wood onto another surface, but recessed in so that inlayed material is at the same level as the surface. All the uniqueness, grain, knots and defects are used in the overall effect of the picture.

 An age old practice, I was first introduced to the art of marquetry by my grandfather who made inlay checker boards in Minnesota. I loved the beautiful wood patterns he created. The color palette of wood species is pretty diverse; some colors like the blue-greens, blues, and indigos are missing. I find this to be a creative challenge and I rarely use dyed woods.

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Marquetry Process

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