The intricate twists in the marquetry rope embedded in this demilune table represent the five years I spent away from woodworking. I was truly "at the end of my rope." I built this table with remnants from past custom cabinetry work. The tattered and looped ends of the rope represent the fogginess I felt when I quit woodworking. I couldn't understand the antipathy I felt towards woodworking when it had once been my dream-come-true career. The marquetry rope that wraps around this leg represents me when I found myself again as a woodworker. I had always thought of myself as a craftsman but I rediscovered my calling as an artist.
Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, I was always fascinated by how trees were determined to sprout inside old, abandoned buildings even though there was no direct sunlight. It is also hard not to notice the many barn swallows taking residence in these buildings. The marquetry theme are spring blossoms as they start growing out of the cabinet and a family of birds that build a nest inside the cabinet. There are over 1,050 pieces used to create the vivid marquetry images and geometric parquetry patterns.
Materials: Mahogany, Jatoba, White Ash and Various Marquetry Woods
22"w, 16"d, 50"h
"Niche Award Finalist", Niche Magazine 2017
“Best in Show” Northern Woods Exhibition 2016
I have a lot of patience in general but cutting the marquetry for this table made me seriously question how much I really had. All the marquetry and veneer work was cut out by hand. With a tool arsenal of a scalpel blade, two chisels and a pair of tweezers. The labyrinth pattern around the top is comprised of almost 650 pieces. At the center of the top is a 104-piece marquetry octahedron. I made a 48-piece radial pattern from quartered sawn maple to use in the field/background of the top. I did not want to use veneer with a strong, dominating wood grain figure. I wanted the attention to be on the marquetry. Here the way light reflects off the maple still makes an interesting background without overpowering the whole top.
Materials: Maple, Black Dyed Veneer and Various Marquetry Veneers.
- First Place, Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge furniture category 2017
- Judges Award of Excellence, Northern Woods Exhibit 2017
- Excellence in Veneering, Northern Woods Exhibit 2017
Every surface of this showpiece wine cabinet is curved or rounded. Its outer signature is the trompe l'oeil image on the doors featuring a classic scene of a glass of wine and tray of grapes. Inside, intricate veneer work surrounds a six bottle wine rack, glass and accessory storage. The wine theme continues inside the cabinet. Marquetry grape vines decorate the open doors. Pivoting drawers under a functional wine rack, open to reveal a hidden marquetry coaster. Patinated silver leaf, a blue sodalite inlay and mother of pearl butterfly add an artistic surprise. As you view the close ups of the complex inset marquetry on the front doors of the wine cabinet. Note that all the veneers used to create this still life image are natural, reflecting the true colors of the respective woods.