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Spring 2018 Marquetarian

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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 Spring 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 a previous President of the Marquetry Society Eddie Stevens and his involvement with the English Royalty. This all involved some really wonderful marquetry, but to find out more you will have to read the article.

There is a review of Paul Dean's new book on marquetry techniques which introduces the influences of Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian art style designs on today's marquetry. Some of the examples Paul features in his book are truly inspiring - in fact every one of them will give you food for thought when considering your next challenging marquetry project. Do read the review and become, as we say, truly inspired. You won't regret it.

Marquetry artists and craftsmen will find plenty of interest in an article by David Meadows on packet saw cutting which includes a novel way of fixing the veneer pack together that will allow you to accurately re-assemble the pack if you ever need to take it apart for any reason. And that certainly does happen - I know from bitter experience - but with David's new method, that problem is now solved - well done David.

There's more on marquetry kits in this issue. In fact we review a kit that is becoming very popular with people who like making their marquetry in this fashion. Do read this review and article especially if you are an aficionado of this highly enjoyable form of marquetry.

If you are interested in very strange ways of making marquetry, then you must read the article "That's not Marquetry is it?" written by our editor.

This article explores the ultimate lengths that some of the recently introduced new techniques could be taken to in the name of marquetry. The article covers an Inter Group competition held recently where this "pseudo" form of marquetry was entered into the competition and was expected to have been discovered as "false" marquetry and eliminated from the competitive classes - but it wasn't! In fact it went on to score highly in the competition! However, it did raise a considerable amount of money for a local children's charity, so it didn't do too bad in the end.

But everyone wanted to know how such a good example of marquetry had been made - well, you will have to read the article to find out what all the fuss was about and how the piece in question was made - you will not believe it when you find out - it is an eye opener that will amaze you.

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 sixth 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!.

Spring 262 Marquetarian

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