By Paul R. Dean
Wood marquetry patterns in Pacific Northwest Coast Native Art Style
This book is a stunning introduction to people interested in creating wood marquetry patterns and designs in Pacific Northwest Coast Native art style. Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of thin wood veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs, and pictures. Pacific Northwest Coast Native Art in Marquetry features detailed instructions and step-by-step visuals to help you recreate Northwest Coast Native art designs in marquetry, also called “painting with wood veneers.”
Featuring a Native hummingbird marquetry pattern in Nuu-chah-nulth art style.
In this book, you’ll enjoy following a step-by-step, do-it-yourself marquetry pattern of Native hummingbird art in Nuu-chah-nulth art style.
This book includes:
- Clear instructions for how to create Native designs in marquetry.
- Step-by-step instructions for how to create Native hummingbird art in Nuu-chah-nulth art style.
- Skills and techniques for using the “window method” in marquetry and cutting veneers with a knife.
- Cutting exercises, so you can warm up using the basics of PNW art.
- Four additional Northwest Coast Native art designs in marquetry.
Bonus marquetry patterns and designs in Northwest Native art style
In addition to the marquetry pattern for Native hummingbird art, this book also includes marquetry patterns for:
- Native orca marquetry pattern in Pacific Northwest Coast Native art style.
- Native wasgo marquetry pattern in Pacific Northwest Coast Native art style.
- Native raven marquetry pattern in Pacific Northwest Coast Native art style.
“Paul Dean did a very good job in his book, Pacific Northwest Coast Native Art in Marquetry. The book has clear instructions on how to use First Nations designs to do this kind of art. It is really great that artists are willing to reach out and are willing to use other mediums to express First Nations art." - Rupert Scow, Kwakwaka’wakw artist/carver, Gilford Island B.C., Canada.
“As a retired Woodwork Teacher, I find that the step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow. Background information is just enough and not overbearing. A practical guide which I highly recommend for the woodworking enthusiast with a First Nations focus." - Bill Ng, Delta B.C., Canada
“This is a splendid and quite unique book. Beginning with insight into NWC native art and leading on to how it can be adapted into marquetry, everything is clearly and logically laid out with excellent accompanying illustrations and photographs. Full of marquetry tips and techniques that all make sense. The projects are pitched just right. Not too simplistic and challenging enough to entice any reader to give it a try for themselves. I commend Paul for producing an excellent piece of work and such fine marquetry." -Peter White – President of The Marquetry Society (UK).
Table of Contents
Dedication and Acknowledgments
Map: Culture & Art Regions of the Pacific Northwest Coast
Northwest Coast Native Art and Marquetry
Northwest Coast Native Art Concepts
Open Field Designs
Restricted Field Designs
History of Marquetry
Sofa Hall Table
Picture and Frame Design
Marking up the Base Board
Choosing the Background Veneer
Transferring the Initial Outline of Pattern
Designing a Frame
Pattern for Nuu-chah-nulth Blue Hummingbird
Veneer Palette Selection
Different Veneers from a Tree
Flat Cut (Crown Grain
Selecting Veneers for the Hummingbird
Cutting Veneers and Assembly
Tools and Materials
Basic tools for marquetry
Materials to make the Blue Hummingbird picture
Making a Rubbing Stick
The Window Method
The advantages of the window method
Cutting Veneers with a Knife
Types of Cuts
Perforation cut with craft knife
Stitch cuts with the craft knife
Short cuts with the craft knife
Long straight cuts with the scalpel
Cut slivers with scalpel (long cuts) or craft knife (short cuts)
Keeping the Blades Sharp
Formline Designs in Marquetry
Practice Cutting Veneers with the Window Method
The Blue Hummingbird
Cutting and Assembly
Frame Cutting and Assembly
Tools and Materials
Cut Strips of Veneer
Assemble Four Frame Pieces
Preparation of Base
- Contact Cement
- PVA Glue
The Veneer Press
- Wooden Veneer Press
- Hand Vacuum Press
Glue Veneer to Back of the Base Board
Glue Edges on the Base Board
Mounting and Pressing Picture and Frame to Base Board
Material and Tools Required
Mounting and Gluing the Marquetry Picture
Using Contact Cement (press not required)
Materials and tools for framing picture
Making frame miters
Gluing the frame using contact cement
Using PVA glue with a press
Trimming picture to size
Making the frame’s miter joins
Gluing the frame with PVA glue
Completed Picture with Frame
Sanding and Finishing
Materials and Tools Required
Varathane Premium Diamond Wood Finish
Rotating Lazy Susan Stand