Summer Arts in Santa Fe – The Art Of Marquetry with Craig Vandall Stevens -August 1-5, 2011
Marquetry is a technique where different colors of wood veneers are carefully cut to fit precisely together creating a design in wood.
The workshop will focus on the double-bevel method of marquetry. This highly accurate technique is cut by hand and creates tightly fitting marquetry pieces. With practice, the cutting of the veneers can be mastered and the challenge becomes designing the marquetry picture and choosing veneers that enhance its appearance.
Through daily lecture, demonstration, and hands-on work, participants will gain a thorough understanding of the tools and materials required, selection and resawing of solid wood into veneers, designing for marquetry, using sawn and commercial veneers, scroll saw and fret saw techniques, shading with hot sand, and finishing methods.
Each participant will complete projects using various sawing techniques and materials, beginning with the artwork, working through the marquetry process and applying a finish to the completed design. Also discussed will be applications for marquetry, preparations for glue-up, adhesives, vacuum press and veneer press techniques.
This workshop is open to all participants.