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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 our President's broadcast on National television telling the viewers all about the enjoyment to be gained from producing a marquetry picture or decorated box or suchlike from the artistic work of your own hands.

The broadcast was such a success that the Marquetry Society gained a large addition to our membership purely because of this broadcast. It has been so pleasing to welcome all these new people into our ranks of happy marquetarians.

A new series of "Just missed out" Rosebowl contenders is launched with this winter edition of The Marquetarian. It features all of those runner ups for our top award over the last forty to fifty years.

This will be along series, so you will be able to see many masterpieces that may have become forgotten over the decades. There are many wonderful marquetry pieces that have come to light in compiling this series - it is certainly a most enjoyable and interesting read - not to be missed!

Our editorial team paid a visit to Capital Crispin Veneer in East London during the autumn months and compiled a wonderful article about the company and its history. We were allowed to take copious amounts of photos, and the resulting article is a real eye opener for those of us who use natural wood veneers for our art. You will have never seen so many wonderful and exotic veneers in one place before - pure bliss.

Another superb article features a marquetry decorated Fender Telecaster guitar specially commissioned by a very well known guitarist from one of our senior Marquetry Society officers.

The finished guitar is truly impressive and is a tribute to the talents and craftsmanship of our top marquetarians when adding marquetry to a valued and specialised musical instrument. You must read this article to see how it is all done.

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 first 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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