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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 Virtual Marquetry.

This is about how marquetry can be produced using a computer vector program. It can be useful for predicting how a finished work will look with a very convincing replication of a real marquetry picture. This is all done using veneer scans which are manipulated in a vector program in a computer to visually replicate a finished marquetry picture. And I have to admit, it does look very convincing indeed. Well worth reading.

The trials and tribulations of a beginner by Don Eacott makes for some very good reading, especially if you are new to the art of marquetry.

Don wrote this article shortly after he began his ventures into the very enjoyable world of marquetry art. It didn't take long for Don to get to grips with the intricacies of the marquetry art (which are certainly not onerous and very easy) - so if you are considering trying your hand at marquetry as a complete novice, then Don's article is the one for you. A very good read this one - most helpful for beginners.

Our general data protection regulation policy is explained in full in this summer edition of The Marquetarian. This is an important subject, so especially if you are already a member of the Marquetry Society, do make sure to read this fully so that you understand how this policy affects you.

Adhesive tapes for marquetry. Yes, there are certain adhesive tapes that are recommended for use in marquetry. These basically are what are known as lo-tac tapes. Standard normal clear sticky tapes tend to leave sticky residues, so these are not advisable for marquetry purposes - but we do advise the best adhesive tapes to use in this article - so make sure to check this one out, it is well worth a good read.

We have another article on the coloured and dyed veneers subject. This one looks at commercially dyed veneers. It is quite a complicated subject and it explains how pressure injected dyes and suchlike are used. Fascinating reading without a doubt.

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 seventh 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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