French Marquetry the Classic Method: Painting in Wood with Patrick Edwards October 21-25, 2019


$825 tuition, $75 material fee
Key Points:
*Making a Boulle marquetry packet
*Making piece by piece marquetry veneer packets
*Understanding and working with protein glues
*How to make mastic
*How to clean up a marquetry surface
*How to use a chevalet

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $300.00 per item


For many years now, students at MASW have had the unique experience of cutting marquetry elements using a traditional “chevalet de marqueterie.” The chevalet is a wood tool, which allows the worker to sit in comfort, using his feet to clamp the packet. The saw is horizontal and adjusted to cut perpendicular to the packet. With this method the most precise cutting is easy to accomplish. There will be two methods of building marquetry pictures taught in this class. The first is called “painting in wood” and is a variation of the classic Boulle process, where the packet contains all the individual wood elements for the design, along with the background. This exercise is designed for new students who have never used a chevalet before or for students who might have difficulty sawing on the line accurately. The second method is called the “classic method.” This exercise is designed for students with some previous experience on the chevalet and who can consistently saw on the line. In the classic method it is possible to make several copies of the design, all identical. As the chevalet is perfectly designed to cut thicker material, this class will be using 0.9mm veneers (1/28” thick). It is recommended that the student find a copy of Pierre Ramond’s book, “Marquetry” which will have a lot of valuable information relating to the class.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.