As promised here are some photos of my recently finished hall table. When I posted inlaying the bellflowers, I had planned to take ongoing photos of the progress and write several blog articles along the way, but my time has been so consumed with the making of this piece, that I haven’t been able to take the time to write about!
Well here are a few pictures. All the studio photos were shot by Ben Owen. If you get a chance check out his website, he is a wonderful photographer.
You can tell from the pictures why I entitled it “Roses.” The primary wood for the table is mahogany and Asian satinwood.
The serpentine sides are overlaid with oval satinwood insets then crossbanded with mahogany and laced with holly stringing. All the stringing is holly with ebony and holly banding.
The small roses were done using the piece-by-piece method and the Chevalet.
I did the top rose bouquet entirely with a handheld fret saw, using the bevel method. I used multiple woods for the inlay including holly, maple, box elder, Asian satinwood, pink ivory, Indian rosewood, ebony, poplar, lignum vitae and cherry. There was no dye, stain, or paint used on any of the inlaid roses, although I used an ancient technique of shading using hot sand to “burn” the wood. All the veneer was shop-sawn and finished to 1/16″ thickness.
The drawers are joined with handcut half blind houndstooth dovetails, whew, what a mouthful, and challenging too! The drawer sides are curly maple.
The drawers are crossbanded in mahogany with double holly stringing and satinwood insets. The knob profile mimics the top edge profile, complete with a bentwood holly inset, about 1/32″ in thickness.
The Finish is Danish oil with a hand rubbed French polish.
Frank, Wow, what a beautiful piece of art. You should be very proud. Dohnn
This is an amazing piece. Great Job. Amazing. I love it.
Congratulations Frank, on an extraordinarily beautiful and detailed piece! You’ve really taken full benefit of the chevalet and the artistry is fabulous. Thanks for putting up the photos.
Beautiful work! The rose inlays are excelent, somthing for the rest of us to strive for. I do like the concave edge treatment of the top. again…Well done!
Gorgeous work, Frank. Stunning.
I’m speechless Frank! Amazing work!
Thank you all for the kind comments. The table was a lot of work and challenging too! I look forward to doing more with the marquetry. I think the possibilities are endless. One of my inspirations has been Silas Kopf, if you get a chance check out his work, it’s amazing.
This is amazing work from a talented artisan,
Excellence – typical of your work, Frank.
This is so pretty; you did a great job!
Frank, when will you be teaching a Federal Style inlay class?
The table is beautiful example of art, craft and skill. Congratulations on this piece of work. You are not only gifted as an artist, but are also a gifted teacher.
Glad to see that you finished “Roses”. She is absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed your demonstration of marquetry in our Foundational II course earlier this year. One day I will attempt something like this and I hope it turns out anywhere near as nice as this. Looking forward to seeing what you complete next.
P.S. some big names commenting here with some very nice words… well deserved Frank.
Michael, we have two inlay classes scheduled for 2013. These are just one day classes that teach basic stringing as well as some geometric shapes (we actually do a star).
I hope to do an advanced inlay class as well; I will keep you posted on the details.
Frank your table is so beautiful. Your work is fabulous. It deserved best of show. Congratulations!