It took me some time to get my head around the geometry of this, working out the best way to cut the pieces. Once I started, it worked out quite easy, and the whole project only took 2 hours. The middle colour veneer was the key to the project, at the time of deciding I didn't realise this, at first I was going to use a reddish veneer, but as soon as I swapped it over the 3D popped out at me. #Steve
Putting the pieces together is not that easy; cutting them to the correct sizes takes time and patience. First, you are working with end grain all the time, so the work is very delicate. Second, when the piece of wood is only 10mm by 10mm, a discrepancy of 0.2 of a mm is enormous and can look ugly. Gluing the sticks together is tricky. I learned to keep things clean as this equated to less work down the line. #Yosegi
I've been watching YouTube videos, and I've decided to try and make some of this Yosegi Marquetry from Japan.
This is a link to just one of the amazing videos showing this style of marquetry:
So as not to make things too difficult for myself, I'm going to do a very easy design as a test run. Today I spent some time looking at easy patterns to start with.
I'm going to start with this standard two-colour half square.
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Travel, yes travel. It's a wider open subject and I know I've got to give it lots of thought. As I'm new to marquetry, I'm learning to hold back on big grand ideas; not only do they take up lots of time, but they also involve skills I just haven't developed as yet. So the subject, plane, car, boat all out of the question for me it's got to be deeper more profound. I'll check out the finish date and post more about this as things progress.