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Let the Grain take the Strain

One of the new members who joined the group earlier this year, name Sylvia, so desperately wished to do marquetry but was sure in her own mind that she did not possess the skills required. Her cutting was good and she produced a fine leaf coaster.

Even this did not instil the confidence to take on a detailed beginner's picture; despite her apprehension she nonetheless produced a photograph of Eilean Donan Castle, (which is a sentimental place for Sylvia and her husband) which she thought would look good in marquetry.

Sylvia's Picture

Apprehensive about the techniques required to make the picture, we helped by choosing a veneer (American Gum), which produced the effect required for the sunset sky, background hills and the calm waters of the loch.

So all Sylvia had to do was insert veneers to portray the castle on an outcrop, a bridge and the reflection of the castle in the loch. The picture, finished for her 70th Birthday, is shown on the left.

Sylvia has approached her next challenge with a lot more confidence having been introduced to the technique of ‘Letting the grain take the strain’.

Beginners are given one to one tuition to take them through all the techniques of marquetry over a 13-week period.

If you are interested in joining the next beginner’s class, contact Gordon Negus on 01727850539. We meet at the Greenwood Park Community Centre, Chiswell Green, St Albans at 7pm to 9pm on Wednesdays.

Ivan Beer
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