Parquetry Workshop II

With the first pattern exercise completed the participants followed my lead and began the work on the second exercise, that being from Plate 286, Figure 6.



Basically it is a twice-as-complicated off-shoot of the more staid Figure 5, consisting of larger units composed of three isosceles triangles that are 30-120-30 in configuration.


Jim found it especially challenging to work with pernambuco, the orange tropical hardwood that was so dense we wound up making a special jig so it could be cut on the table saw.




The design lends itself well to three separate  species being used, and this expression can be subdued or vibrant.  Due to time constraints we only glued these down to the paper supports, and each person could then mount them permanently on a substrate panel once they got home.


As we moved on the the final exercise we simply ran out of time so all we got done was me showing the use of my own jig and providing them with the materials and instructions for their own to make at home.



I believe a grand time was enjoyed by all, certainly by me, and I look forward to teaching this workshop (or one very similar, perhaps with slightly different exercises) again next summer at The Barn, and next autumn at Marc Adams School of Woodworking.