Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Beautiful Borders: Using Silver Wire, Stone and Precious Metals with John Koch

Dates: 8/5/2017 - 8/6/2017
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $300
Materials: $25
Deposit: $125

The difference between a good project and an eye-popping project is often in its decorative details. There are many ways to decorate wood. This class will focus on the use of silver wire, stone and small metal inlays to create borders or other features that embellish wood. These techniques are applicable for projects from turned bowls to furniture legs and beyond. Students will explore the methods used for using inlayed wire to create vines or scrolls in the rococo tradition. These may be enhanced with crushed stone inlay to fashion flowers and small metal inlay to simulate leaves. Various design elements will be discussed. Tools necessary to inlay the wire will be constructed or adapted from other tools. Proper application of the wire to the wood will be demonstrated and practiced by students. Several practice projects will be provided as well as the opportunity to devise your own design and to implement it in a project of your own. The layout procedure for curved surfaces, such as turned bowls, will be shown. If you wish to expand your repertoire of decorative skills, this class will offer simple techniques for striking project enhancements.

Key Points:

  • Design elements for borders
  • Layout and transfer of design to wood
  • Making or adapting tools for stringing of wire inlay
  • Inlay of wire, stone or metal to wood
  • Applying techniques to curved surfaces, such as bowls or platters
  • Finishing techniques

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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