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Question How are frames with Marquetry made?

Larry Peterson

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I have begun to sell a number of frames from Bella on Etsy, many of which use Marquetry. Curious minds (mine) want to know how they make these frames. Is the marquetry machine applied or are little old Italian ladies gluing the small pieces to the substrate. It has to be marquetry. Looking at the edges I can see the very thin individual pieces glued to the substrate.

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Machine-made, prefabricated marquetry strips.
 

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And technically it is parquetry. Marquetry is more pictorial inlay whereas parquetry is a repeated geometric design pattern. Common usage has the two meanings pretty much interchangeable.
What Peter said.
Look up Japanese Yosegi-Zaiku. There are some videos on YouTube well worth the watch.
 
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That depends.. chronological or mental.

I've been in since the beginning.

Dumbledore was about 150 or so.
 

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I think they build up a block and cut slices off rather than place individual pieces.
That's one way to do it. Also strips of thin veneer, .5 mm thin more or less, can be joined at the edges with a machine called a veneer stitcher, or also by hand with a bunch of masking tape. Then they can be crosscut into strips of alternating chips of veneer, shifted into a chessboard pattern and then joined again by the same process.

 
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