Founded
in
1952
Artistry
in
Wood

News page title

news archives button

Date
Content of the News or Information Insert
Link attached to Insert

July 2017
Latest
Additions
and most recent
Articles

Latest insert button

The Very latest updates are in italics and underlined

Most Recent News Items as at July 2017

2017 International Marquetry Exhibition Box Brownie Views

Online Membership Applications & Renewals

Early National Exhibition Gallery Room 106

Other Entries 2016 Gallery Room 8

2016 International Marquetry Exhibition Gallery

2016 International Marquetry Exhibition Award Winner's Slide Show

Added Dimensions in Marquetry - DVD Review

Independent's Gallery room 20

^ Top | Bottom v

Click Below For News Link:

2017 Box Brownie

Online Membership

Early Nat's Room 106

Other Gallery 2016

2016 Gallery

2016 Slide Show

DVD Review

Indie's Gallery Room 20

Ongoing

Join Us As A New Member Online

You can now enrol as a new member of the Marquetry Society online and also pay your subscription (2 years subscription for the price of 1 for new memberships) online via our secure PayPal buttons.

This is a very convenient way to become a member of the Marquetry Society. No more tedious filling in paper forms and writing cheques and posting them off, it can all be done from the comfort of your computer keyboard and screen in just a few minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you as a new member of the Marquetry Society. Just click the link and select your geographical location >>>

Note: Established members can also renew their subscriptions by selecting the "Renew Subs" option and completing the online form and clicking the appropriate PayPal button for renewals.

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

ERNIE IVES GALLERY

Ernie Ives was the editor of the Marquetarian magazine for over 30 years and was also a marquetarian of the highest grade..

Ernie not only made some of the best marquetry you will ever see, he also taught marquetry in his own workshops.

To see examples of Ernie's work, just click the link on the right to vist his online galleries - as we say with Richard Shellard's work below, you will certainly not be dissapointed>>

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

2017 INTERNATIONAL MARQUETRY EXHIBITION
WEB OFFICER'S BOX BROWNIE VIEWS

Our 2017 International Marquetry Exhibition was a great success and attracted a great many visitors.

Our 2017 Gallery will be launched with our September update, but in the meantime we bring you a little taster of the exhibition with our Web Officer's Box Brownie views of the 65th exhibition itself. We hope you enjoy them.

To see these 'Box Brownie View' photos of our 65th Exhibition and its wonderful location, just click the link on the right >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

OUR INDEPENDENT'S SECRETARY

The Independent member's section of the Marquetry Society has recently gained a new officer to represent them. This new officer comes in the shape and form of long standing Marquetry Society member Clive Jones.

Clive has been very active on behalf of the Independents over the years, and we (your Executive Committee) thought it would be therefore be most appropriate to invite Clive to represent you, our Independents, on an official basis.

Clive has added 24 more designs to your section of our website with the November update. You can use any of these designs for your next marquetry project if you wish to. Click the name or title in your selected 'thumbnail' and you will be presented with an A4 sized PDF picture of your chosen subject which you can then print as normal, or if you choose, you can save the file and resize or print out from that saved file whenever you wish.

Clive has also added a condensed version of Shao Nan Huang's excellent marquetry article from the Winter 2012 edition of the Marquetarian to you Indie's pages for you to enjoy. It is a really excellent read.

Just click the 'Page 6' or 'Page 7' link on the right to check out Clive's most recent batch of pictures or Shao Nan Huang's article or 'Page 8' for Clive's latest addition - do enjoy >>

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

SUSAN BART MARQUETRY EXHIBITIONS

Award Winning Marquetarian Susan Bart was the featured artist at prestigous art gallery Skylark Galleries 2 at OXO Tower, South Bank, London for most of August this year. To read more, visit the Skylark Galleries website for further information. Just click the top link in the box on the right   >

                   ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Talented Marquetarian Susan Bart held a rather successful Marquetry Exhibition at prestigious Stowe School Gallery recently and we published a report on the exhibition in our magazine The Marquetarian.

The feedback we received from this report was so overwhelmingly in favour of this exhibition that we felt it to be only fair if we brought it to you on our website as well - so we have done that!

Click the link on the right to read about this exciting advance in a modern approach to marquetry - you will find it as inspiring as we do we are sure.

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing until
the 2017
Exhibition
Gallery has
been added
to this website
with our
September 2017
update

2016 INTERNATIONAL MARQUETRY EXHIBITION GALLERY

Our International Marquetry Exhibition 2016 Gallery is currently available on this web site. Select your link to enjoy either a slide show of the award winning exhibits, or a leisurely wander through our gallery pages where you can examine each exhibit at your leisure in finer detail. >>

Don't forget, we have launched a very high quality DVD of the 2016 International Marquetry Exhibition where you can check out every exhibit in the finest of detail. See the box below for details.

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

OUR LATEST TUTORIAL & TRAINING DVD OFFERS FOR 2017

The 2016 International Exhibition DVD is currently available in high level print quality from Peter White, price £10.00 including p&p (UK only). USA members, please contact Ernie Mills. Other countries please contact Peter for a price.

The DVD features a scene setting introduction, looking around the village of Ingateston. Those wonderful old buildings of Ingatestone village swathe us in a warm mellow mood fortifying us ready for the visually enthralling International Marquetry Exhibition which, in the theme of those vintage weathered historic old buildings, was held in the truly stunning location of historic Ingatestone Hall.

All the award winning pictures follow on in class sequence. All the remaining exhibits, along with the class 10A International photos, are shown under a separate title. Complete catalogue information is included.

The very latest DVD in our training series titled "Artistic Considerations and Veneer Choice in Marquetry" features the composition of a marquetry project from the viewpoint of an artist. Even if you have never considered yourself to be an artist, this tutorial will guide you through the compositional elements you need in order to produce a very pleasing design for your own unique marquetry picture or piece. The DVD also guides you through choosing the best veneers for your chosen project. Once you know them, the guidelines are much easier than you think.

"A Beginners Guide" tutorial DVD is aimed at beginners new to the art of marquetry. This disc demonstrates the build of a marquetry kit picture from the opening of the box to the polishing of the completed picture prior to hanging it in pride of place on your living room wall. This is a 'must have' for those who have been tempted to try their hand at marquetry, but have never had the confidence in their latent talents and skills.

Also available from Peter is a fully narrated video DVD entitled 'Marquetry Techniques and Tips', the price, as is the price of all our training DVDs, is £10.00. The 46 minute video, aimed at intermediate to advanced marquetarians, but also containing useful tips for beginners, covers cutting an initial window method to be let into an oval cartouche, gluing a thin stringer around a circle, applying stringers to a rectangle and letting in a panel using the 'reverse window' method.

A new DVD of Geometric Marquetry is also available at the same price as the 'Techniques & Tips' DVD. Click the preview link on the right for a short sample of excerpts taken from this latest disc.

Another new addition to our Tutorial DVD training discs series, this one featuring Master Marquetarian Alan Townsend, has now become available. This new DVD features not only Alan covering the subject of veneer preparing in a professional capacity, he also guides us through the tricky subject of portrait work in marquetry. Check out the link for more information >>

Please Note: To purchase any of these DVDs, please contact Peter by phone/letter or at his usual email address, found in The Marquetarian, or you can enquire by Emailing Peter at peter@marquetry.org

^ Top | Bottom v

Email for more info at:

peter@marquetry.org

or

if you are using Windows Mail
or Outlook Express, just
click the link below to
open a preaddressed
Email form:
"DVD offer"



"Artistic Considerations"



"A Beginners Guide"


"Geometric Marquetry DVD Preview"



"Alan Townsend Presents"


"Techniques & Tips"

Ongoing

OTHER ENTRIES GALLERY 2015/16

Our July 2017 update brings you 'Room 8' of our 2016 "Other Entries" gallery where exhibits, that unfortunately missed out on achieving an award at last year's National Exhibition, nonetheless still attain the chance of displaying their artistry and craftsmanship in their own special gallery.

This "Other Entries Gallery" follows on from the same highly successful gallery of the same name that we introduced a couple of years ago.

The 2016 exhibits replace the 2015 exhibits on a month by month basis until all the rooms of the gallery have been changed. This method ensures that each exhibit gets to be displayed for at least a full year.

If any other rooms are required they will be updated to the 2015 entries on a pro rata basis as each update goes by. Therefore the July 2014 update saw Rooms 8-9-10 being added with the remaining 2014 entries on display. That particular July update in 2014 finally used up the last of the remaining 2015 National Exhibition entries.

As mentioned above, we now have rooms 9 and 10 added to this gallery. These rooms contain 12 entries each and they display the last entries from previous exhibitions.

Our July update brings you ten exhibits from the 'other entries' category from the 2016 International Marquetry Exhibition..

Click the links to visit 'Rooms 1 to 10' of the Other Entries Gallery >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

JUDGES RULES & GUIDELINES

We get asked quite often "what are the rules for making marquetry?" and "what do the judges look for when judging at our annual exhibitions?"

Well, to put your mind at rest and to show you exactly what the rules and guidelines are, we are publishing those rules here for you to read, print and digest to your complete satisfaction.

Just click the link on the right and you can read the very latest guidelines which are used by our judges at our International Exhibitions - even including this year's one! >>

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

MARQUETRY IN IRAN

Iran is one of those countries so often in the news these days for mostly political issues; but politics is not one of those things we do here, ourselves we live in the more ethereal sphere of the wonderful world of marquetry.

Marquetry, no matter where it originates from, is a universal joy for all who are involved in the art, whether they are the makers or, just purely anyone at all who marvels at the beauty of a wonderfully produced picture created from nothing more than simple wood veneers as the prime artistic medium.

The art and craft of marquetry has been around since biblical times, and any country with a rich history of decorative art dating from those distant times is obviously going to have artistic traditions reflecting those very centuries of just such wonderful artistry.

Iran itself comes into that noble category of ancient art forms which have matured into a superbly crafted representation of the country's artistic lineage.

But don't just take our word for all of this, click the links and see for yourself >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

Current
&
Ongoing

NATIONAL EXHIBITION'S from 1976

Our July update brings you another selection from National Exhibitions gone by.

This latest selection comes from the 2004 National Marquetry Exhibition.

The earliest colour pictures we feature in this Early National Marquetry Exhibition pages (or rooms) come from our 1976 Exhibition. Earlier exhibition photos are in monochrome and will appear elsewhere on our web site.

Some of the work will be familiar to many of you - and much of it will be distant memories, or even "new" in relative terms.

Anyway, we hope you will enjoy this month's selections and wonder again at the superb work of yesteryear.

Unfortunately, with the massive slide collection that these photos derive from, we are afraid to say that reference notes were not always included as to the work's titles or names of the Marquetarians who made the pieces.

Thanks are due to those kind people who recognised the pictures and sent in the correct information about the titles and makers of most of those 'temporarily titled' pictures.

If anyone recognises one of those 'temporarily titled' works, especially if it is their own, could they contact us and supply us with those details so that we can attribute each work appropriately.

Just a quick e-mail would be most helpful.

Do note that as from the December 2012 update, the selection menu at the bottom of each page from 51 onwards now has a single link back to the first 50 pages. We have done this because the page selection menu would have filled half of each page in time! We hope you find this helpful.

You may be pleased to note that we have somewhere over 870 marquetry pictures and applied pieces already being displayed in this "Early National Exhibitions" gallery and we are adding to them with every update.

Earlier this year we reached the 1,000 exhibits mark - that is certainly a lot of marquetry exhibits for you to enjoy! In fact there are well over 1,000 marquetry exhibits here in this gallery for you to check out - as we say "enjoy your visit"

With this many exhibits for you to study, you may find it valuable to note the steady changes in technique which materialise over the years. The changes are not overtly obvious, but they do help to bring marquetry up to the highest artistic standards possible at that time. When compared to today's marquetry you can see how marquetry has moved onto even higher inventive standards.

How long before we see marquetry displayed in the National Gallery? Now there's a wonderful thought!

We hope you find your visit to this gallery will be absorbing and interesting.

The July 2017 addition is labelled "2005-A" >>

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

"WE'VE HAD THIS PICTURE FOR YEARS, CAN YOU TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT IT?"

(Plus further "BUCHSCHMID & GRETAUX INFORMATION")

This question is often put to our editorial team - and I'm pleased to say that most of the time we are able to come up with an appropriate answer to the query.

Even though we have extensive archives and abundant knowledge on all matters marquetry, sometimes we can get "caught out" when trying to identify the maker of an early and very individual piece.

For this reason we introduced our "Can You (We) Help?" page in 2007. This section of the web site has proved popular with our visitors, so for that reason we have expanded the facility.

Thanks to your collective input, we have quite a considerable amount of BUCHSCHMID & GRETAUX information available on pages 2 to 54 of "Can You (We) Help?" that will help to answer many of your questions on this mysterious company.

We were very fortunate to have the help of Herr Otto Chlup for several years guiding us through the history and practices of the Buchschmid and Gretaux Wood Inlay Company.

Otto was the owner of ABC Studios, Heidelberg for many years and was also the main agent for Buchschmid and Gretaux, so his wealth of knowledge on this company was exemplary. He was an enormous help to us.

Do note though, that the information we display on our pages are "as supplied" to us and do not constitute the Marquetry Society's own opinions on the subject. Such observations as we make are purely that, just observations and not guaranteed opinions from which to formulate a judgement by.

If you are able to find better informed information on the B & G subject, please refer to that in preference where any confirmed accuracy is required.

Nonetheless, it's another "well done" to everyone of you who are contributing to this now, rather unique resource. It is your input which is helping to make this section of the web site so very popular and useful to collectors of these beautiful Buchschmid & Gretaux pieces.

Our latest update features a rather special piece, do read on:.

Page 68, our latest update, features a rather clean example of a Buchschmid and Gretaux wood inlay picture,

The picture is a classic Buchschmid and Gretaux masterpiece and we think it is also a superb pieces of wood inlay work..

The Buchschmid and Gretaux Wood Inlay Company made some very fine work over the years that the company exsisted. The piece in question for our February update is indeed one of those fine pieces.

Go to page 68 and read what our team have to say on the subject, it is interesting reading. The owner may reluctantly be offering the picture for sale.

Also on page 62 is a message from another of our contributors who is reluctantly offering up for sale the pieces on display on the relevant pages highlighted in the message. As regards the sale on any piece featured in or on our pages, please read the following paragraph - thank you.

Although we display tvarious wood inlay pieces (mainly B&G pieces) in our galleries, we do not act as sales people or brokers in such transactions as may result from their display. We show them as fine examples of the B & G craft - and as a matter of courtesy to the owners we mention that the owner would like to sell them if they previously inform us as such. Any resultant transaction is purely between you the prospective purchaser and the owner of the piece in question. All we will do is pass your contact details onto the owner of the piece; anything else is between you and the owner of the piece you are interested in.

^ Top | Bottom v

Current
&
Ongoing until
2018

MEMBERSHIP OFFER NOW CARRIED ON INTO ITS 12th YEAR!

A Continuing Offer for 2017: Due to the success of our "2 for 1" new membership only offer introduced in 2006, we have decided to extend this offer through 2017. To take advantage of this offer become a NEW MEMBER of the Marquetry Society in 2017 and get your membership subscription for 2018 totally free!!

Yes, that's right, on becoming a new member of the Marquetry Society you will be entitled to receive the second year of your membership at a 100% discount for the whole of that second year!

It is a marvellous offer and is one we are sure that you will not want to miss.
To take advantage of this exceptional offer please select "Join Online" or make use of the "special" subscription form you will find on this web site.
For a short cut to either just click the appropriate link in the box on the right:

^ Top | Bottom v

May
2015

MEMORY LANE PAGE 17

In the 1950's and 60's marquetry kits were a very popular form of entry into the fascinating world of marquetry proper.

Generally those kits provided everything you needed in one box. The example we feature in our Memory Lane series is actually of a marquetry decorated fire-screen kit. Naturally this was quite a large kit, but it was not unwieldy - and it was very decorative of course!

Click the link on the right to see what the Parcel Post would have brought you in the heady days of the 1960's >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

From July
2011
Onwards

HARROW GROUP WEB SITE

Harrow Marquetry Group launched their own web site with our June update.

You'll find loads of information about this very successful group in their web site. So, don't hold back, click the link and enjoy an online visit to the Harrow Marquetry Group.

For more information about the Harrow Group please click the link >>

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIERS

We have rather neglected upgrading our Recommended Supplier's list this past year. With our December update, that oversight has been put to right.

The supplier's list now includes recommendations from our members in the USA. All the recommendations are made from personal dealings with the suppliers - and every one of them comes with the highest of praises!

Click the link and check out those suppliers for yourself >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing

MARQUETRY COURSES

We are often quizzed about where to find Marquetry Courses which will teach you the techniques in a structured format.

Our usual reply is for the inquirer to consider joining a group, as can be found in our Clubs and Groups directory; but this does not suit everyone, and is often inconvienient for many people.

Therefore we have added a new Marquetry Courses directory to this web site. For a list of the latest marquetry courses. Click the link to view the directory >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

October 2010

MARQUETRY KIT 'SELF' ASSEMBLY

We recently acquired a couple of marquetry kits from the early 1960's which were complete - even including the original tubes of unused glue!

We have assembled one of those marquetry kit pictures and photographed it at each stage. This has been made up into a slide show and is now available here by just clicking the link on the right.

Do take a look and enjoy a marquetry picture "assembling" itself!

^ Top | Bottom v

From August 2010
Onwards

SUTTON COLDFIELD GROUP WEB SITE

The Sutton Coldfield Marquetry Group has started their own web site with our August update.

Visit their site and spend a wonderful time marvelling at their superb work in both pictures and applied marquetry.

Just click the link on the right to enter their web site >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

From June 2010
Onwards

ST. ALBANS GROUP WEB SITE UPDATE

June brought lots of new additions to the St. Albans Group web site which we knew you were going to enjoy.

An Inter-Group competition was held recently at the St. Albans Group rooms - and a right good event it was too! Of course the main theme of the evening was the competition itself (and not just the huge feast they laid on for us!)

So, click the link on the right and check out the winners by visiting the 2010 Inter-Group Competition at the St. Albans Group web site >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

May 2010

PLACES TO SEE MARQUETRY WHILE ON HOLIDAY

People often ask us if we know of any good places to visit and see some top quality marquetry while they are on holiday.

After a suggestion by Einar Solgaard in the latest Marquetarian, we have adopted Einar's idea and we are now including a directory of interesting places to see marquetry while on holiday. Click the link to view the directory >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

April
2010

THE MARQUETARIAN CARTOONS

From the early 1960's up to the present date, the Marquetarian has always included a cartoon or two in its publication "The Marquetarian".

These cartoons are always marquetry based (somewhat loosely at times!) and always provide a chuckle for the readers.

It is now nearly fifty years since they first made an appearance in the Marquetarian - so, as a rather 'loose' celebration of that fact, we are bringing you an occasional series of Marquetarian cartoons.

Click the link and start chuckling >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

 May
2009

REPAIRING DAMAGED MARQUETRY PICTURES

To compensate you for the lack of an update in June, we have decided bring forward a special article we had been holding under wraps, written by that undoubted Master of Marquetry Alan Townsend, on the very popular subject of repairing damage to a marquetry picture.

This really is one of those topics that comes in as enquiries to the editorial offices on a rather regular basis.

We were actually going to hold onto this article until the end of the year, but, feeling guilty about depriving you of an update, we have brought it forward as a sort of appeasement. We hope you will find it as interesting as we do.

Just click the link to read all those secrets >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

April
2009

GLUE TUTORIAL

Now, to most of you the subject of glue may not seem very interesting, but, this tutorial is definitely something to be recommended.

Due to a nosey bit of "ear wigging" by your web master at an Executive Committee Meeting last year, an absorbing conversation between two marquetry luminaries on the subject of glue became compulsive listening.

The conversation was truly educational, so, not wishing to miss the opportunity, your web master admitted his 'crime' and asked one of the 'overheard' if they would repeat that conversation for the web site. Being the true gentleman that he is, he graciously agreed and made the whole conversation available to us.

Click the link on the right for a really interesting read >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

March
2009

REBRIDGE GROUP MARQUETRY TUTORIALS

Our good friends at the Redbridge Marquetry Group have recently introduced a new series of marquetry tutorials to their web site.

These tutorials are wonderfully easy to follow and very instructive.

They tell us that they already have several more tutorials in the pipe line for adding to the 'tutorial's library' later on this year. For an initial sampler, check out the Windows Method tutorial by clicking the link on the right, we know you will enjoy it. >>>

Note: Don't forget to return back here once you've finished visiting the Redbridge Group web site!

^ Top | Bottom v

Current
&
Ongoing

NEWS ARCHIVES

Due to the large amount of news items we feature here, we have decided that it's now time to "slim down" this page so that it just displays the news for the current year.

All the previous news items, including their links, that you have previously seen on this page are all still available, but we have now archived them in their own dedicated section.

This move should make finding the latest news much easier and will save you from scrolling down a long page to reach the links buttons at the foot of the page. It will also load the page a lot quicker for those with dial up connexions.

You can reach the archives page by clicking the link on the right, or clicking in the "Click for News Archives" box in the 'headings' above >>>

^ Top | Bottom v

Ongoing
since
1999
(When the web site was first launched)

E-MAIL CONTACT DETAILS

If you have any questions you would like to ask us, or queries about anything contained in this web site, please feel free to e-mail us by using the pre addressed form that will appear when you click the link on the right. Thank you.

To contact the Marquetry Society Web Site please click the e-mail link on the right if you are using the standard Microsoft Outlook Express:

If however you are using a different E-mail system then just copy and paste the following address in to your "send to" box:

mqstymail@redbridgemarquetrygroup.org

or, if that is not possible, then just type it in as seen above, thanks.

^ Top | Bottom v


Go to Home Page
Go to the Clubs and Groups directory page
Go to the International Galleries directory page
Go to the Marquetry Society official messages page
Go to the National Exhibition Winners Gallery page
Go to the Millennium Mural exhibition page
Click here to read the News Page archives