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276 Autumn

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’s a not to be missed article on making portraits in the medium of marquetry.

Many think that this is an almost impossible task, but our article will prove you wrong and will demonstrate that that task of making a very convincing portrait from simple wood veneers is much easier than you think. Check out our article and see for yourself.

Ever heard of double bevel marquetry? If you are unfamiliar with this special technique, part four 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 autumn edition. The chosen candidate for this in depth interview is the well known highly inventive marquetarian Les Dimes. Les is well respected for his adventurous portrait work. An exhibitor at many prestigous exhibitions both here and on the continent, Les's work is highly prized amongst connoisseurs of unique portraiture in marquetry.

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.

From our archives is a further replacement for our International Marquetry Exhibition Gallery. Due to the, by now, well known menace of covid, our 2020 exhibition was cancelled, and therefore we have no exhbits to bring you for last year!

Although our membership has been very productive over the last couple of years, we have not been granted the opportunity to be able to see their work. However, presuming that we have been given the all clear in the near future, hopefully our International Marquetry exhibition will be taking place later this year and we will have a bumper bag of glorious new marquetry to show you. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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

Due to lack of space (for a well filled autumn edition) we had to hold off the 19th 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 19 will be included with a future edition very soon. 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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