Marquetry Lamp

A LIGHT ON MARQUETRY
This craftsman relects on the challenge.

SHOP OWNER: Jerry Cousins
LOCATION: Weaverville, CA

    This lamp is my latest marquetry project. The lamp is a commissioned piece for an 80th birthday gift. The person receiving this as a gift collects pictures, carvings, and posters of birds. The challenge was the reflection, which required cutting-in three layers.
    First, I put in the water, then the body of the bird with irregular edges, and then cut in slices of water to create some fragmentation and distortion.

    The list of woods I used follows:

 
    1. Lamp body - white oak
    2. Lamp inlay and background - pear
    3. Head - holly and grapefruit
    4. Beak - blued pine
    5. Eye - Macassar ebony
    6. Feathers - (upper) holly, (lower) citrus
    7. Neck and body - big leaf maple
    8. Water - lignum vitae
Marquetry Lamp

    This was my first extensive use of lignum vitae, which proved to be very difficult. It is extremely dense and oily. This caused me to go through many blades and made it tough to glue.
    The finish is five coats of shellac and three coats of wax. I buffed out the final coat with a random orbit sander.

. . . Jerry Cousins


 
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