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Marquetarian 265

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 Middleton Hall where we will be staging the 2019 International Marquetry Exhibition.

This is a truly fascinating location with a wonderfully timbered Elizabethan Main Hall - which will play host to part of our exhibition.

There is also a follow up article about the supernatural residents of this ancient building. If you like old English history and spectral phenomena, this is the place for you - well worth visiting when we are there.

Have you ever wondered about the best approach to adding a frame to your finished work? Well, in this winter edition of The Marquetarian, you are guided through all of the intricacies involved with framing.

A very helpful article is that one, it makes a difficult task very easy to complete.

Did you realise how many other marquetry themed magazines there are out there in other countries? Well, we have a review of two of the most popular in the winter Marquetarian.

Marquetry Matters and The American Marquetarian are reviewed and evaluated in our winter edition - and pleased to say - they are some of the finest publications on the subject of marquetry you are likely to read - chock full of first class material.

You mustn't miss the DVD review of the latest training disc in the series. This one concentrates on the 3 veneer class and the making of the marquetry version of the famous painting 'The Great Wave'.

To say that particular painting is a difficult subject to translate to the medium of marquetry is no exaggeration, it is chock full of tricky twists and turns, but our Peter did a most splendid job of it, and this training DVD guides you through all of the steps involved. Another must read article.

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 ninth 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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