Handcrafted marquetry box.
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A dresser top box made from curly maple and walnut, with walnut and ebony accents. The marquetry image is made with natural and dyed veneers. The hardwood floor, in the box and the tray, is made from over 200 individually hand cut and set varying length pieces of walnut.
Although John was originally interested in large-scale woodworking, he enrolled in a marquetry class at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking in 2012, and was hooked. He has continued to develop his skills in marquetry, inlay, and veneering, and sees them as tools to probe his personalities creative and artistic elements. Now a member of the American Marquetry Society and the Rocky Mountain Marquetry Guild, John enjoys this technique because it allows him to add a distinctive touch that sets a project apart from others. It allows for a different level of personal expression, so the boxes and trays that he creates become a canvas for something additionally artistic.