Made a lot of progress on the marquetry part of the box last night and today, and I have enough dried glue on my fingertips to prove it.
A couple of years ago, I went to California to learn marquetry from David Marks, my woodworking hero. There are a number of methods to inlay a piece of wood, but marquetry is different from just plain inlay. Marquetry is used to make pictures out of wood kind of like a mosaic. Most inlay is in the form of banding, or striping etc…. The method I was taught is called “Double Bevel Marquetry.” Say that three times fast! In addition to the precise cutting of the wood, I use hot sand to char the edge of the wood. This gives the artwork more of a three-dimensional effect. Here is a picture of the marquetry so far:
You can see how the charring gives depth and separation. Now I have decide how I will add in the fine details. Should I use pyrography, (wood burning), or should I use a very fine sharpie? I will have to do some experimenting and see what might work best.
more to come….