French marquetry


Derek Jones

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I guess one of the reasons I do this job is because I love finding stuff out, discovering how things work and learning new tricks. For the last few days I"ve been trying my hand at French marquetry under expert supervision from the inimitable Yannick Chastang, master of the donkey. With my fellow students, Mark, Ed, Darren, Colin and Colin, we"ve managed to pierce and cut our way through to amateur status but still come out with something spectacular.

Yannick Chastang riding the marquetry equivalent of a 1957 Ferrari 250 California

I"ve always appreciated marquetry even if I haven"t completely understood how to go about it, but learning about it from the inside out, so to speak, has elevated the likes of Boulle to godlike status. To say that they were at the top of their game doesn’t even come close. No CAD, no lasers and no heating - most of the time - these craftsmen were the real deal.

If you get a chance try your hand, and I"ll let you know where and when, jump at it. You won"t regret it and a whole new world will open up in front of you.

Just don"t drop the smallest piece of the jigsaw on the floor.

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