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Fishscale Chest of Drawers

I had the chance to go to Paris and study traditional marquetry technique. One thing i was particularly interested in was making duplicate motifs. Some of the great French cabinetmakers used this technique to cover large surface areas. There is…

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Flukulele Several years ago my shopmate, Tom Coughlin, came in one morning and said he was going to make a couple of ukuleles for his kids. (he's an excellent guitar maker.) I said that perhaps i would "shadow him as…

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Cuckoo Clock

Here is another in my series of pieces using a self portrait. In this case it is a cuckoo clock. The marquetry is done with all natural woods except the background which is dyed-black obeche. the mechanism works like a…

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Trumpet desk

I was commissioned to make a writing desk with a jazz theme. I chose to have about forty silhouettes of trumpets running around the top. Each had to be identical to make it look like the marquetry was stenciled. The…

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