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Winter 2017 Marquetarian

The front cover of the Winter 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 Winter 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 Winter 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 Winter edition of the Marquetarian. For instance there is a totally absorbing article about the making of geometric designs in an offshoot of the popular parquetry techniques.

You will find the design and construction of a fascinating drinks tray which has used this geometric technique to great advantage in this winter edition. It really is a beautiful and practical piece of highly useful accessories. You will be impressed.

Have you ever wanted to make a decorative frame for your marquetry picture? Well, our winter edition of the Marquetarian shows you how to make a very decorative picture frame from simple planed timber. You will find it is much simpler than you thought to make such a frame.

Have you ever wondered how you would go about lightening the colour of a piece of the veneer you are using for your marquetry project? Once again, we have a tutorial covering the techniques and we go into detail about all the current methods open to we marquetarians on the safe useage, when the guidelines are followed, of the methods available for lightening the colour of veneer.

Of course, the subject of post colouring of a finished marquetry picture comes into prominence in this winter edition. We asked the membership to send in their views and opinions concerning this controversial subject. Happily we received copious amounts of responses - and we have taken the opportunity to include a goodly amount of feedback on the topic.

We were rather surprised by the opinions expressed. But we will not tell you here just what the consensus of opinion ended up as, we are afraid that you will need to read that yourself. It is a fascinating end result.

Check out the review of the latest tutorial DVD. This is a new title in our tutorial/educational series and deals with the tricky techniques of producing convincing brick walls of all styles in the medium of marquetry. Well worth reading.

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 fifth 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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