About Paul

Hello and welcome to my work as part of the site dedicated to promoting the Art of Marquetry.

I was born July 31st, 1947 in Birkenhead (near Liverpool, just a few years after the Beatles), England. I attended local schools and the University of Liverpool. After working for a few years, I emigrated to South Africa. I lived there for 7 years, before I was transferred to Toronto in Canada. A year later, in 1979, I moved to Calgary, Alberta, where I have lived since.

I have been interested in the arts since my school days, enjoying both drawing and painting. While I was at school I was introduced to Marquetry. Marquetry is the art of making pictures using different wood veneers. By cutting them into various shapes and gluing them to a backing board the finished picture is sanded and then polished. I found myself immediately attracted to the media because of the look, feel and smell of the different veneers. There are more than hundred different kinds of veneers available from countries all over the world.