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The Art of Marquetry (Schiffer Book for Woodworkers) Paperback – January 1, 1997
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The projects in this book generally follow the simple, understated Japanese. A style my wife greatly admires.
The book is full of illustrations detailing every step in the four main project presented. With eight to 12 photos per page, the projects details are presented as captions to the step by step photos. It is well organized and covers using scroll saws as well as hand fret saws.
Some may find some of photos that go along with the project a bit redundant, repeated from a previous project. I find this duplication *very* helpful and useful. Each project stands on it's own.
Frankly, I thought inlay work was a bit beyond me. I might have the patience to do 10 dovetail drawers at one sitting, but I didn't think I could ever do this. This book changed that. The techniques are presented in make anyone feel they can do real art. My wife and I "fight" for space in our shop now and I am incorporating her marquetry into my, er, our furniture projects.
I only gave it four stars because I felt that it could have done a better job introducing the tools at the beginning. If half stars were available on this rating I would give it 4 1/2. A good scroll saw book would be a good companion.
I didn't love this and slap a 5 star rating down only because it seems to have a finish line instead of any further guidance to increase skills or advance if you have marquetry experience and want to learn more. I would have also enjoyed the gallery at the end of the book if it was strictly marquetry projects (with detail photos of the author's work). Although I will say that it was neat to see one of the projects outlines in the book in a larger setting of fine furniture.
Species selection with some sample photos of species used in the projects covered within the book
Scroll saw setup and usage
Fret saw table and usage
Detailed bandsaw setup for resawing
Resawing cutting procedures
Tools, Materials, and Supplies
Good coverage of double-bevel cutting "how-to" with the scroll and fret saw
Hot sand shading
Sample projects with detailed step-by-step procedures start to finish.
Again, if you're already experienced in this craft, this book might not be of much value you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book and very helpful in learning how to do Marquetry.Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Watson
walks you through basics and then 3 projects. good illustrations
just a little short
Agai, this is a very good boog for a novice and I would recommend it to anyone interested in marquetry!Published 14 months ago by Fred
This is a complete step by step, picture by picture project book. Excellent for learning how to do marquetry. Worth the money.Published on January 23, 2013 by Kenneth Murrell