Making Marquetry #1

I’ve decided to do a series of blogs showing each of the steps involved in making a marquetry piece all the way from choice of subject to the completed piece.

The first step is about choosing a pattern or design.

In my case I deliberately choose relatively simple designs using two or three contrasting veneers which emphasise the natural features of the wood rather than try emulate pictures such as you might find in a photograph or painting.

In this case my choice of subject is a silhouette of a Greyhound intended as a gift for Gloria, the lady that looks after my dog when I go abroad.

Having selected a design the next step is to transfer the design onto tracing paper.

Joe the Greyhound

Transfer the design to tracing paper