In this project Applied Marquetry I experimented with some applied Marquetry. In this, I describe the making of the Maple Leaf Sofa Table and a quilt Rack.
In the fall of 2015 I started a cabinet making course at our local Technical College SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology). It was a four session course which end in May 2016. The final project was to make a sofa table out of Beech wood.
I decided to make a Marquetry picture to inlay into the top of the table. After giving the subject some thought I settled on making a picture of maple leaves. See: Applied Marquetry
I have had the opportunity to visit the west coast a number of times over the last twenty plus years. Like a lot of people I have been interested in and impressed with the Northwest Coast Native art. I have read a number of books on the subject including Bill Holm’s book Northwest Coast Indian Art, An Analysis of Form. I also found Jim Gilbert and Karin Clark’s series of books on Learning By Designing. So I decided to see what this art form would look like in Marquetry. I purchase some dyed veneers from B&B Rare Woods and proceeded to complete a number of pieces. You can view these in my Northwest Coast Art Gallery.
It is time to start work on my next two pictures. The first is a picture of an orchid and I plan to make a custom banding that contains the main colors in the picture. The second picture is one of an Elk in front of Mount Rundle in Banff National Park.
2014 – I am working on a number of marquetry pictures for family members. First is a picture of the New York skyline for my sister. I decided to make the buildings reflect in the Hudson river while the Statue of Liberty stands in the background. See more details about this marquetry picture here. After, I will start work on an orchid and a third picture including an Elk.