Taken from Shao Nan's article: TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS
I have learned and practiced marquetry for 8 years as a novice octogenarian. I enjoy the artwork. It has occupied much of my leisure time with prospect of getting great satisfaction. As the projects completed, they were given as gifts to friends, relatives, physician colleagues, and notably donations for fund raising for the hospitals and my granddaughter's ballet school.
The completed projects are blissful reminders of productive time in my retirement years, which was spent with a sense of fulfillment. All my works are now stayed with those who could admire the unique pieces of artwork in display
Being a medical specialist in teaching and research at several universities for 40 years, it was difficult to be inactive as mandatory retirement imposed on me at age 66. Truly fortunate, I learned the hobby artwork at the Marquetry Society of Canada in 2004. At the outset I was mindful, because long ago while in training in United States I was ingrained with a prevailing general notion, i.e. “Can you teach in old dog new trick?"
Since I was not a wood worker, did I have the aptitude to learn an intricate artwork with wood at the age of 73? In retrospect, I found the learning experience exceptionally valuable. The Society members from all walks of the community are congenial. Guidance from the Society founder, Mr. John Sedgwick, and peers is impeccable and always available. Although basic marquetry techniques are easy to master, 8 years of practice is not sufficient to qualify me as an established marquetarian as there are always things to learn and to improve.