Marquetry

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Saturday I received a book I had ordered entitled Marquetry by Pierre Ramond.  I was poking around on Instagram and asked about more information on the use and construction of the marquetry “donkey” found in To Make as Perfectly as Possible, published by Lost Art Press and written by the now super-famous Andre Roubo. Ramond’s book was suggested to me by Luke at AddingtonFurniture.com

As soon as I opened the package and saw the cover of the book I knew I was in over my head. The book covers the history of marquetry as well as the different specializations within marquetry. And to not disappoint, it is also a very thorough “how to” manual. Ramond covers everything–history, materials, tools, techniques, etc. At this point I am overwhelmed by the volume of material covered but that is a great place to be when starting to learn something new.

And the best part? There is a detailed plan in the back of the book that illustrates how to make a working “donkey.” I had read about it in Roubo and saw it in an article in Furniture & Cabinet Making but Ramond is by far the most explanatory of them all.

Sadly, it was also made known on Instagram that Ramond passed away this past Saturday. His book is marvelous and stands as a testament to his mastery of marquetry and his legacy in the craft.

I find it somewhat Ironic that in general I prefer furniture designs that are modest in embellishments; Shaker, Craftsman, etc., but am drawn to the detail and precision of marquetry. I don’t know where this path will lead me but I believe the first step will be building a “donkey.”

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