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Spring 2024 Marquetarian

The front cover of the Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring 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:

There’s plenty for you to enjoy and learn from in this Spring edition of the Marquetarian.

There are loads for you to check out in this Spring edition of The Marquetarian. We have a really packed magazine here that we are sure you are going to enjoy.

For starters there’s the Sutton Coldfield Group's beginner's workshop where the supervised training of "newbies" to marquetry is conducted. You would be surprised to see how many new marquetarians come into being via this route - it is wonderful to see.

We then move onto the Sutton Coldfield Group's established marquetry workshop where seasoned practioners of the art show how it's done to premier level. You will learn a lot from this article.

We have a book review on Bill Ferster's "Painting with Light" publication, which is already proving to be rather popular. This book concentrates on laser work in the medium of marquetry.

Laser cutting is attracting many new participants to the joys of marquetry, and Bill's book certainly helps them on their way with copious tips and examples of laser cut marquetry. Laser cut marquetry explores many new aspects of marquetry that you probably never knew was possible. Well worth a read.

Talking about laser cutters, there's the start of a new series which demonstrates the possibilities to be found when using a laser cutter to actually do highly controlled sand scorching in order to produce a darkening effect wherever required. This is a fascinating subject that is a must to read for those who own a laser cutter.

A superb table of the various scalpel blades available to we marquetarians is included in this edition of The Marquetarian. You would be amazed to see how many variations there are, and their specific uses. Very interesting to be sure.

Vic’s tips and our Social Media Officer’s report are well worth checking out. Especially as our Facebook page has taken off so spectacularly. We are getting copious new members of our Facebook fraternity joining that element of our growing influence every day. We just need to convert as many of them as possible to becoming Marquetry Society members proper as we can. But we are working on that.

And don’t miss more exhibits from this year’s International Marquetry Exhibition. There’s plenty of beautiful marquetry there for you to enjoy – we think you will like it very much.

Happily, we have found an entire half page of space (carefully done for a well filled spring 286th edition) of our very useful identification chart of veneers. These 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 24 is at last back on schedule (for the time being while we have been able to find a little spare space). 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!.

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