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Marquetarian 264

The front cover of the Autumn 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 Autumn 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 Autumn 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 Autumn 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 Autumn edition of the Marquetarian. For instance there is a totally absorbing article about marquetry classes in Bilbao, Spain which is run by top award winning marquetarian Susan Bart.

The quality of the work produced by this relatively new group is astounding. There are future award winners here to be sure.

Now, have you ever thought about adding colour to your veneers? Yes, sure, you can purchase dyed veneer which has been produced by industrial petro chemical methods, but what about using natural organic dyes?

These certainly exist, in fact many of them have been around since ancient Egyptian times, but their use has rather fallen into disregard and many of the methods have rather got lost in the midst of time.

However some research has been done and several of these methods have been resurrected and updated ready for you to experiment and try for yourself. So why not give it a go and see what results you can achieve? Certainly well worth trying.

How do marquetarians suffering with the symptoms of arthritis manage to cope with cutting, sanding and finishing their work? Well, one of our editorial team who is just such a sufferer has sought professional advice and has written an authoritative article about the subject for you.

Exercises and diets tailored for the marquetarian are all covered in this informative article. It really is a most useful read for all arthritis sufferers who want to pursue their art.

Of course, we have our AGM report in full in this autumn edition of The Marquetarian. If you want to keep up with all matters Marquetry Society, this is an important read. Keep yourself informed marquetry wise.

And don't forget the "Rosebowl - Almost Made It" series by Gordon Richards. This is a must read series which explores and investigates the marquetry pieces over the years which almost made Rosebowl status in their year of exhibition. A well researched series.

We then bring you the eigth edition of our very useful identification chart of veneers which are all unusual figuring and grain patterns. These 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.

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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