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 #2 - Post #20: Veneering the lid and preparing the bandings


Last time I posted I had glued down the boxes bodies with the inside already french polished
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #20: Veneering the lid and preparing the bandings

I worked on gluing the marquetry panels to the trimmed to size lid
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #20: Veneering the lid and preparing the bandings

My favorite moment is when you see it glued down right way up for the first time, it appears slowly while you remove the paper
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #20: Veneering the lid and preparing the bandings

This glueing of the marquetry on both side had to be...

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Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #19: Finishing the insides and glueing the boxes


Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #19: Finishing the insides and glueing the boxes

I have been carry on working on the boxes with a 2 weeks pause for our february teaching session at the American School of French Marquetry. Great class, here are some pictures
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #19: Finishing the insides and glueing the boxes

Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #19: Finishing the insides and glueing the boxes

Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #19: Finishing the insides and glueing the boxes

More here
Anyway. Before the class started I had to finish the inside of the boxes with French Polish, before the room was taken over by the students.
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #19: Finishing the insides and glueing the boxes

Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #19: Finishing the insides and glueing the boxes

There is different...

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Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #14: Inside of the box Fisage (parquetry)


After almost a month away in Europe, London and France, I am back and working on the boxes again. It was really nice to go back home as I haven’t been able to do so for 4 years. It was also nice to be back, through away the jacket and sweater, an put on the flip flops.
Well, regarding the boxes.
When I came back I put the already cut bone leaves in...

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Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #16: Finished with the marquetry panels


With those and of year year festivities, I still have been able to advance a bit this project
I finished to put together the marquetry panels.
The bone where finally dyed
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #16: Finished with the marquetry panels

Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #16: Finished with the marquetry panels

I inserted those last pieces in the top and sides
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #16: Finished with the marquetry panels

To be on the safe side I reheated the panels on hot plates paper side down after sprinkling it with water and pressing it down real...

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Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #13: Top incrustation


As promised some news on the marquetry top for the treasure box series #2
The challenge here is to insert the oval white bone inlay first then cut the rest of the background repositioning the pack perfectly as some of the marquetry looks like it moves in front and in the back of those bones.
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #13: Top incrustation

I first build the pack with 4 layers of paperbacked ebony...

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Boulle Clock Restoration - Part #1


We were contacted by a client to restore his Boulle cartel clock.
Boulle is no fun to restore, it is time consuming and quite a special.
For budget reasons we are restoring his piece by stages. The clock is composed of 3 parts and each of them will be restored in 3 sessions.
Boulle Clock Restoration - Part #1

We will start with the top
Boulle Clock Restoration - Part #1

We remove the bronzes
Boulle Clock Restoration - Part #1

The unglued brass pieces are...

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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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