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Marq 274 spring 2021

The front cover of the Spring issue

The Marquetarian is a veritable mainstay of the Marquetry Society.
As it states on it's front cover, it is the "Journal of The Marquetry Society" and has been in existence in one form or another since the formation of the Society in 1952.

In those early days it was produced as a duplicated sheet (or sheets according to the amount of content) and it was yet to be another couple of years before it was produced in the booklet format we have become so used to.

Those early Marquetarians didn't even contain any illustrations at all except for a small design on the front cover!

The Marquetarian has certainly come a long way since those early days.
Today's magazine is produced to the highest standards that are currently available. Compiled on Mac's and PC's using the latest version of the industry standard "QuarkXpress" publishing software, it is now edited by Alan Mansfield who has recently taken over the mantle from that most respected of erudite Marquetarians Ernie Ives.

Ernie edited the magazine for thirty years, taking over the editorship from Max Newport in the late 1970's. Ernie has edited well over 120 issues of the quarterly produced magazine and has introduced many improvements in that time, notably full colour reproduction of marquetry exhibits and plenty of instructional articles.

Alan certainly intends to do his utmost to keep to those high standards that Ernie set; from the look of this Spring edition, it looks like that goal has been admirably achieved.

There is only one problem with the magazine and it is this; we are afraid that the only way you can get your hands on a copy of The Marquetarian is by becoming a member of the Marquetry Society! it is an exclusive publication after all - and how about this for a recommendation: around 99% of the readers of the Marquetarian keep every issue they have ever received, they never throw them away! how many magazines can you say that about?

So then, let's take a look and see what you will find in the Spring edition of the Marquetarian.

This edition of the Marquetarian features many educational articles we hope you will find fascinating. There is much to read in this latest edition, so let's (as we've just said) take a look at some of those interesting articles you will find inside:

This Spring edition of the Marquetarian has loads of articles which we are sure will educate and please you in equal measures.

There’s plenty for you to enjoy and learn from in this Spring edition of the Marquetarian. For instance there’s an interesting article on refurbishing and renovating a classical, old and very decorative French dining table.

The poor old table had missing inlaid sections, damaged legs and many other faults. But our John Sedgwick came to the rescue and turned this sorry looking example into a thing of beauty and a wonderful addition to any home.

Read the article to find out how it was done. Ever heard of double bevel marquetry? If you are unfamiliar with this special technique, part two of this article delves further into the depths of double bevel marquetry and fully explains what it is all about. The mathematics and formulas are all included here, so do please read and educate yourself, you will be pleased that you did.

A really enjoyable article bringing back our Cutter Interviews is included in this winter edition. The chosen candidate for this in depth interview is the well known highly inventive marquetarian Enrico Maestranzi. Enrico is well respected for his adventurous original marquetry and furniture. An exhibitor at many prestigous exhibitions both here and on the continent, Enrico's work is highly prized amongst connoisseurs of unique marquetry decorated furniture.

A new series on the subject of Celtic Knots is not to be missed. Celtic knots are a very popular subject for many marquetarians, but working out the design can be somewhat tricky, but with the help of Henry Merryweather the difficulties are removed and complicated and difficult looking designs are fully explained and demonstrated. This is a good tutorial that will help you make some wonderful examples of complicated looking Celtic knot designs. A jolly good read that will help you to understand the intricacies of Celtic knots.

What did you do in the lockdown Grandad? Is a rather interesting article on how marquetry can get you through the days and weeks of being stuck indoors with seemingly nothing to do to while the time away – and then discover the totally absorbing hobby of picture making in the medium of marquetry and wood veneers. You will be amazed at what you have the hidden potential to produce. Let Les Dimes guide you through the mysteries of a unique artistic medium. You will certainly enjoy this one!

Further information about our 2021 International Marquetry Exhibition and the effects of the corona virus is having on it are included in this spring edition of The Marquetarian. If you are considering entering this year's competition, this is certainly well worth reading.

And don't forget the "Rosebowl - Almost Made It" series by Gordon Richards. This is yet another must read series which explores and investigates the marquetry pieces over the years which almost made Rosebowl status in their year of exhibition. This is a very well researched series. It is also the last in this series, which brings us up to date with our last “National” before the covid lockdown came into play.

Due to lack of space (this is a well filled edition) we have had to hold off the 18th edition of our very useful identification chart of veneers which are all unusual figuring and grain patterns. These veneers are all genuine examples taken from veneers with odd characteristics in our veneer reference library and they are all featured in accurate colours. This series will provide a rather helpful guide for you when comparing veneers for your chosen marquetry project. Part 18 will be included with our summer edition. Each veneer example featured is taken from accurate scans of the genuine veneers and carefully colour balanced against the actual veneer itself in order to ensure it matches both the printed and true veneer as far as modern technology will allow us.

But, and then again, don't forget our regular 'Readers Letters' 'Chairman's Chatter' 'Independents Corner' and much, much more.

So, as is always the case, we have yet another excellent issue for your perusal!.





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