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When respected Guild artisan 'Jacob Von Holzen' asked if anyone would be interested in learning the basics of marquetry (also known as Intarsia from the Italian intarsio) he was inundated by requests for places on his course, as can be seen by the number of scroll saws waiting to get into action.

Jacob prepared kits for each trainee which contained all the materials required to complete a simple but attractive landscape project. The project was broken up into sections to allow the trainees to complete the various stages of production during the normal Group Five 9-30am till noon, monthly sessions.

The progress of the course can be seen below however jump to the end of the course and Jacob conducted a gtroup critique of the completed works - it is testament to what a good teacher Jacob is that the high standard of the finished picture visibly impressed our Jacob.

He then went on to see if there were any members who would like to continue with Intarsia - again impressed by the number of converts - because of the numbers it was suggested that Jacob carry on with the Intarsia tuition, Barry would lead any interested in 'marquetry' and Roy would undertake to help any members of the group needing info on the finer points of scroll sawing,

T assist those want to continue with Intarsia, Joseph undertook to prepare some more kitsets and also gave members a list (reprinted here) of suitable suppliers for materials.

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Jacob prepared kits for each trainee which contained all the materials required to complete a simple but attractive landscape project. The project was broken up into sections to allow the trainees to complete the various stages of production during the normal Group Five 9-30am till noon, monthly sessions.

Session one the trainees learnt how to build up the various features of the picture with pieces of veneer which were selected from a wide range of timbers to enhance the contrast between features.

Session two saw each participant cutting out the various pieces of the picture (puzzle some may have said) on their scroll saws using a very fine blade (also supplied with Jacob's kit).

Session three had the trainees inlaying a tree over the top of the landscape - Some found this to be a bit of a challenge.

Session four Jacob explained and demonstrated the art of glueing up the pictures and demonstrated the suggested method of clamping the whole together to hopefully hold everything in place while the PVA glue dried.

Prior to this stage the pictures themselves, due to the production processes so far, had rather ragged edges which now had to be trimmed to finish to a 'squared' rectangle, which then received a 10mm wide veneer frame (mitred at the corners).

Jacob in concert with Barry Kenworthy went on to discuss various ways of finishing the picture for presentation. Barry had finished his up to the point of wanting to mount it inside of a fancy frame which he had purchased at a reasonable price and then adapted so that its depth would receive his picture.

Jacob has undertaken to look at holding a followup project in a couple of months time - no doubt some of those who missed out on this first project will get their names to Jacob in a hurry.

Jacob prepared these two drawings to assist the trainees - the top shows the makeup of the clamping sandwich for the glueing stage and the bottom shows the suggested use of the craft knife and sharpening techniques

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