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Chairs are such an everyday part of our lives that they are often taken for granted. From a woodworker’s perspective they can be quite a challenge to make. The reason for their complexity is that a comfortable chair has a lot of angles that deviate from 90 degrees. This makes for a complicated construction. Additionally chairs are not an obvious place to use marquetry, which is the focus of my work.

I built a set of dining chairs with relatively simple shaping of the component parts. The marquetry depicts mallards in flight. It is the same picture on the front and the back of the chair, but in mirror image. This makes the marquetry look as though it is the full thickness of the back.

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