Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

18th Century Parquetry with Don Williams

Dates: 10/16/2017 - 10/18/2017
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $475
Materials: $45
Deposit: $125

Masters Fellowship

Decorative veneer work is a transformative design tool, and in this three-day workshop students will be replicating techniques practiced by Parisian ateliers in the 1760s and documented by Roubo in his monumental treatise L'Art du Menusier. Parquetry is a simple but exacting technique of assembling geometric pieces of veneers into a completed design, the basis for which is a set of precision sawing and planing jigs. A field of completed parquetry is the goal, to be used alone or as the background for intarsia or other decorative marquetry. Students will begin with solid lumber and mill their own veneers for use in the exercises. By the end of this three day intensive workshop students will understand how to replicate work similar to what the best craftsman of the 18th century were producing.

Key Points:

  • Selecting and prepping lumber stock for cutting veneers
  • Cutting veneers by both hand and bandsaw
  • Making sawing and planning fixtures necessary for precision work
  • Assembling the parquetry patterns into complete fields
  • Preparing, modifying, and using hot hide glue
  • Applying the parquetry to the substrate
  • Making banded inlays
  • Preparing the parquetry panel for finishing

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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