Everything is coming up roses

Yes, more marquetry.

I’m not going to get any shop time this weekend, but I wanted to set up for my next marquetry project.  “Set up” in this context means laminating newsprint onto the show face of the veneer with hot hide glue.  And sticky fingers.  My wife walked in the shop when I had a sheet of newsprint stuck to my hands and I was waving my arms to get it off.  That’s probably an image that won’t go away.

Here are the raw materials for the next marquetry project.  Backer (and "fronter") sheets, veneer for all the colors in the picture plus the background, and a reversed copy of the design.

Here are the raw materials for the next marquetry project. Backer (and “fronter”) sheets, veneer for all the colors in the picture plus the background, and a reversed copy of the design.

The design I’m going to do (note the positive attitude!) came from the UK marquetry society member’s library, it’s one of my favorites.  At least as a line drawing, I expect seeing it in color will be pretty good too.  I like that there is a lot of motion and detail, but that none of the parts are microscopic.

Here is the design, and the veneers I'm using.  Light, medium and dark green for the foliage and stems, bloodwood, bubinga and satinwood for the flowers.

Here is the design, and the veneers I’m using. Light, medium and dark green for the foliage and stems, bloodwood, bubinga and satinwood for the flowers.  The background will be swirled mahogany.  I’ll add a cross-banded border as I did on the last one too.

If you’ve followed my marquetry adventures the past few months you’ll recognize the main rose as one I did for a sand shading practice exercise.  The marquetry packet is 9″ x 12″, for scale.  Adding a border later will make this about 3″ wider and longer when completed.

The rose from this design

The rose from this design

Once I had all of the veneer sheets laminated with newsprint I shoved the whole gooey mess into the press to “cook”.  I’ll leave it like this overnight, then assemble the packet for cutting next week.

The clamping and drying parts aren't very entertaining.  Getting it into the press with it sticking your hands is jolly good fun though.

The clamping and drying parts aren’t very entertaining. Getting it into the press with it sticking your hands is jolly good fun though.

Meanwhile, I need to start something else.  I wonder what I could do with this?

I found this in my secret stash from a million years ago and smoothed it up.  I can think of one or two good uses for it...

I found this in my secret stash from a million years ago and smoothed it up. I can think of one or two good uses for it…

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Everything is coming up roses

  1. Paul K. Murphy

    Very cool! I’m looking forward to seeing this one.

  2. Filip Tanghe

    nice work Joe!

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