Antique Handtools Collection for Restoration and Creation
Florentine Mirror Gilding
Boulle Armoire Detail (re-creation)
Re-hydration of Hide Glue on a Antique Marquetry Panel
Marquetry Pieces for Treasure Box #1
For the Art Institute of Chicago, Boulle and Roentgen Marquetry
Bone Engraving for the Restoration of a Vargueño
Louis-Philippe Tilt-Top Table (Re-creation)
Pembroke Table #2 - Detail of the Top (Re-creation)
Preaparing Black and Blue Straw for Marquetry

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Treasure Box Series II Progress

Treasure Box Series II Progress
Treasure Box Series II Nearly Complete

The day Kristen and I left to fly to Winston Salem, Patrice finished cutting out the ebony background packet and was ready to start putting it together.
This Treasure Box is twice as difficult as the first series Treasure Box, and it includes subtle complexities that makes it even more challenging.  ...

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Exciting WIA Week in Winston Salem


Exciting WIA Week in Winston Salem

Fortunately, I had decided to arrive several days in advance of the WIA conference and stay a few days after, so Kristen and I were able to spend some quality time in old Winston Salem.  In fact, the last time I visited Winston Salem and MESDA was in 1978, during one of my several trips to visit East coast museums and historic settlements....

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Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #12: Sides Marquetry incrustation


I have been back full time on our boxes for over a week now so I have some progress to report.
I have been selecting veneer out of our veneer cellar for the ebony background.
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #12: Sides Marquetry incrustation

From the experience of the previous series I paperbacked the ebony as it is a very brittle wood. Better be safe than sorry
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #12: Sides Marquetry incrustation

Then built the packs in 4 layers without forgetting...

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A Simple Painting In Wood Etude


A Simple Painting In Wood Etude
Always Start With The Basics

When I decided to open up my marquetry workshop to students, I had to decide what kind of curriculum to follow, knowing that I would have a wide range of students with a wide range of abilities and experience.
Therefore, I followed the musical format which I learned during the decades I was involved with classical music....

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OBG Raises Questions and Provides Answers


OBG Raises Questions and Provides Answers
Made Possible by Old Brown Glue

I developed and used Old Brown Glue nearly 10 years before I began selling it to the "public."  That was almost 15 years ago, and I was naturally concerned about how others would be able to use this glue and what questions they may raise.  Since that time this glue has been used for making American Indian...

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Jewel Cabinet Backstory Revealed


Jewel Cabinet Backstory Revealed
A Little Pride Showing
When I started this blog, I selected one of my favorite pieces to use as the Banner.  The Jewel Cabinet I made nearly 10 years ago has an interesting story and I often use it during my lectures on Painting in Wood to illustrate my favorite method for decorating surfaces.
This Jewel Cabinet was part of the first SAPFM...

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Fine Art or Decorative Art? Makes a Difference!

Fine Art or Decorative Art? Makes a Difference!
Made of Wood.  How Can This Not Be Fine Art?

Three things happened to me when I lived in Paris off and on for a decade in the 1990's.  First of all, I sat at the feet of Pierre Ramond and sucked up all the valuable knowledge he was happy to throw at me.  Secondly, I got to meet many of the most important furniture and museum...

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