Making Marquetry #4

The next step in the process is to transfer the design to one of the veneers using carbon paper. Choose the lighter coloured veneer, (Maple) – it show’s up the carbon tracing better.


Transfer the design to the veneer using carbon paper

Once the design is transferred to the veneer it is useful to cover it with clear adhesive tape (Sellotape or Scotch Tape). This helps stop the veneer from tearing when you are cutting it.


Cover the design with clear adhesive tape

Cover the second veneer (Rosewood) with adhesive tape as well then place it under the veneer with the design on it, taping both of them together so they do not slip when you are cutting the design.

You are now ready to start cutting the design.

Making Marquetry #3 Updated

After another coat of thinking over I have decided to use Rosewood Santos veneer instead of the Wenge because of the more colourful and distinct figure of the Rosewood veneer.

Maple and Rosewood Santos wood veneers

Maple and Rosewood Santos wood veneers



Making Marquetry #3

Well after much sleeping on it I’ve decided to use a combination of Maple and Wenge veneers for the greyhound piece.

Wenge and Maple wood veneers

Wenge and Maple wood veneers


Both these veneers are quite brittle to work with and will present some challenges as the piece develops. Maple veneer is prone to split at the edges and can cause real problems at the ‘gluing up’ stage. Wenge veneer is quite hard to cut cleanly so I will need to ensure my blade is sharp as sharp can be.

I’ll say some more about the characteristics of the veneers in my next post.




Making Marquetry #2

The next step in making a marquetry piece is choosing the wood veneers to use for your design.

In many ways this is the most important part of the whole process and is about selecting the best possible match of veneers to do justice to the design you have chosen. This includes considering all the different qualities of the woods such as the grain, figure, lustre, colour and cut.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that you are going to spend numerous hours working with the veneers you choose for you design which makes it all the more important that you get the right mix of woods from the start rather than get half way through the process and realise you are using the ‘wrong’ combination of woods.

Wood Veneers - various

Selecting the wood veneers for your design

My final advice about choosing which veneers to use – is to take your time. For that reason, I’m sleeping on my ideas about which to use for my greyhound design……..


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


WordPress Media Library and Things

Finally, after months of trying, I’ve figured out how to add my own images to the headers of my website pages!! I’ve chosen the ‘random option’ which shows different images in a random pattern on each page – well pleased with myself!!

Clicking on any image takes you back to the Home Page.

Tools and Things

Started making an inventory of tools and machinery I’ve acquired these last three years (better late than never, in all things). Amazed myself with the stuff I’ve got, shocked is probably a better word!

Hi Ho – Heigh Ho

Looking forward to getting to my workshop tomorrow after a frustrating start to the week – car wouldn’t start on Monday, Tuesday was spent waiting in for a delivery.

Have you ever….?

Have you ever had a day where everything seems to conspire against you? A day when you wake up full of good intentions and lots to do only to be thwarted at every turn by the fates? – Today was such a day