wood veneer

Artist: Warren Snow

If you have a penchant for truly distinct furniture, you have undoubtedly admired a number of standout pieces enhanced by the special art of marquetry, where beautiful patterns are cut from wood veneers and assembled upon a structure, such as a table, chest or writing desk.

When it comes to decorating furniture, marquetry is one of the most traditional and interesting techniques. The art form itself is similar to parquetry, where wood is placed in a geometric pattern that is often used for flooring. Marquetry, on the other hand, is the creation of a mosaic of wood veneers that differ in color and texture, used to create a simple or involved pattern upon the surface of a structure.

Wood Veneer Marquetry and its Applications

The compelling thing about marquetry is that it can be used to decorate all sorts of furniture items, including tabletops, chairs, cabinet doors, trunks, desks, wardrobes, and Continue Reading…

marquetry wood veenersBelieve it or not, wood inlay as a craft dates back to the Pharaohs! In its earlier form, buildings or ruins of buildings were elaborately depicted in wood, tortoise shell and mother-of-pearl. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the art thrived in Holland and other parts of Europe and a distinction was made between inlay and marquetry, which together were known as intarsia.

Marquetry Artists Assemble Patterns Out of Wood Veneers

The technique of intarsia inlays sections of wood (sometimes with contrasting ivory, bone or mother-of-pearl) within the solid stone matrix of floors and walls or of table tops and other furniture. By contrast, marquetry assembles a pattern out of wood veneers glued upon the skeleton or framework of a structure. You’ve probably enjoyed examples of marquetry as part of luxurious clubhouse decoration, for example, or in libraries, museums, old Victorian houses, or even palaces. It is different from parquetry, or the art of creating geometric patterns using wood parquet for flooring.

Marquetry techniques can be used to affix a chosen design to chairs, tables, and almost any furniture with a smooth surface.marquetry art Wood veneers come in an endless array of fine and often exotic woods, including mahogany, sycamore, ash, alder, beech… even bamboo. Imagine striking decorative panels or cabinetry for nautical or aircraft interiors, coaches and RVs, or even Continue Reading…

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