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Marquetarian 267 summer edition

The front cover of the Summer 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 Summer 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 Summer 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 Summer 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 Summer edition of the Marquetarian. For instance there is a totally absorbing article about soft jawed clamps, commonly known as Luthier clamps, which are very handy for the marquetarian.

These are very similar to sliding G clamps, but they have a little "give" in them which can be very useful when clamping delicately constructed applied pieces. And, they are rather easy to make if you follow our instructions. Well worth reading.

We have a review of Craig Thidodeau excellent "The Craft of Veneering" book, which has recently been published. This is an excellent read and covers all aspects of veneering and marquetry from basics to advanced level. A superb guide with wonderful photography into the bargain. First class.

Part 3 of Dave Walker's "Mounting a Picture plus Mitres and Borders" tutorial series is to be found in this summer edition of The Marquetarian.

This is proving to be really helpful and useful, especially for our Independent Members - but anyone interested in marquetry will find a lot to gain from this series.

John Sedgwick Master Marquetarian is almost a biopic of a very successful Canadian member of the Marquetry Society. John was featured in the Club West magazine earlier this year and he is now featuring in our own The Marquetarian magazine. When you see the quality of John's work, you will see why he is such a respected marquetarian of note.

You must read the "Cheap and Simple Press" article.

It describes how a very useful marquetry press can be assembled from some everyday objects. A normal marquetry press can be quite a cumbersome item, but this cheap and simple press is easy to put together and doesn't weigh much at all. It is ideal for marquetry pictures of A3 and smaller sizes. A real boon for many marquetarians hankering after a really easy to use simple press.

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. A well researched series.

We then bring you the eleventh 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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