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Marquetarian 258

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 Winter 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 is a totally absorbing article about how the magnificent Queen of the Elves award winning picture was made.

The article is illustrated with 20 photographs taken at each stage of its inception and build. A most educating article to be sure.

Part 2 of "Rosebowl - almost made it" continues the series in this spring Marquetarian.

This is a truly fascinating series which features those marquetry pieces which, had the circumstances been otherwise, would have achieved the Rosebowl award in their year of entry to the exhibition.

There is a lot of magnificent marquetry work there, don't miss it.

How about a "Marquetry Mat"? Now that's something you don't see every day is it - but we feature just such a piece of matting in this issue. Check it out, it may well inspire you.

Ever used an Abranet Sander before? Well if you haven't then read up on the advantages of this superb sander in the Spring Marquetarian.

We think this is one of the best sanders we have ever used. It makes short work of a somewhat tedious task, and it produces a top class finish.

If you are a bass guitar player you may well enjoy the story of a solid body bass guitar which one of our readers turned into a fabulous looking instrument with the application of a beautifully figured quilted cushion maple veneer to the body of the guitar.

This only started as an e-mail query, but ended up as an ongoing project which resulted in a superbly presented instrument of boutique quality.

There's more on the sand shading or scorching theme. We compare the pros and cons of traditional versus modern techniques for introducing darkening effects to marquetry work. Check it out and see which method of sand scorching you prefer.

We then bring you the second 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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