Marquetry - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

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Marquetry is the art of cutting pieces of veneer to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures, usually resulting in a wall-mounted panel, similar to a painting. This technique is also used to cover furniture surfaces. Marquetry became popular in Europe over 400 years ago, but is still used by con­temporary furniture makers. The Marquetry Society of Canada is the best place in this country to learn about this delicate craft.

Founded in 1983, the society pro­vides information about specialized tools and techniques. Their website – – contains enough free information to get you started on your own projects, and the photo gallery is inspiring. The club's members are a valuable resource, meet regularly to discus the craft and can access books, DVDs and other miscellaneous supplies that are otherwise hard to find.

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