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Marq 277

The front cover of the Winter issue

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 Winter 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 Winter 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 Winter 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 Winter edition of the Marquetarian. For instance, there’s a not to be missed article on fragmentation in the medium of marquetry.

Fragmentation is a method for depicting things like foliage, especially leaves on a tree, plus giving a convincing blending of background to foreground in a naturalistic way. Fragmentation may sound like a difficult technique to those new to marquetry, but once you have read our article you will find that it is not so daunting. Check out our article and see for yourself.

Ever heard of double bevel marquetry? If you are unfamiliar with this special technique, part five of this article delves further into the depths of double bevel marquetry and fully explains what it is all about. The mathematics and formulas are all included here, so do please read and educate yourself, you will be pleased that you did.

A really enjoyable article bringing back our Cutter Interviews is included in this winter edition. The chosen candidate for this in depth interview is the well known highly inventive Marquetarian and scientist Tim Coutts. Tim is well respected for his adventurous English village work. An exhibitor at many prestigious exhibitions both here and especially in the USA, Tim's work is highly prized amongst connoisseurs of unique English village scenes in marquetry.

Part 4 of the new series on the subject of Celtic Knots is not to be missed. Celtic knots are a very popular subject for many marquetarians, but working out the design can be somewhat tricky, but with the help of Henry Merryweather the difficulties are removed and complicated and difficult looking designs are fully explained and demonstrated. This is a good tutorial that will help you make some wonderful examples of complicated looking Celtic knot designs. A jolly good read that will help you to understand the intricacies of Celtic knots.

From our archives is a further replacement for our International Marquetry Exhibition Gallery. Due to the, by now, well known menace of covid, our 2020 exhibition was cancelled, and therefore we have no exhibits to bring you for last year! However, as we have just held a successful marquetry exhibition a few weeks ago, we bring you our Rosebowl winning exhibit on the front cover – the exhibition proper will be coming to our magazine and website with the publication of our spring 2022 edition of The Marquetarian.

Ever tried gilding in gold leaf on your marquetry? Presumably not, but Vic Small has mastered this technique and has told us the secrets in achieving this effect on his marquetry and applied pieces. Gold leaf is tricky to work with, but once you have read Vic’s description of how it is done, you will be more than eager to give it a go for yourself. This is certainly one of those “must read” articles.

Due to lack of space (for a well filled winter edition) we had to hold off the 19th edition of our very useful identification chart of veneers which are all unusual figuring and grain patterns. These veneers 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. Part 19 will be included with a future edition very soon. 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!.

Marq 277 contents

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