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Introduction to Marquetry

  • Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave E Olympia, WA, 98501 United States (map)

Instructor:  Bruno Hervieux
Date: Sun. May 31
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: $125
Registration closes:  May. 26th
No. of Students:  Min. 5 – Max. 5
Skill level: beginner
Materials provided by student: none
Class Description:  Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form a decorative pattern, design or picture. Different types of inlay, or intarsia, date back as far as the ancient Egyptians and Romans, however in the 13th and 14th centuries marquetry became widely practiced by Italians. These Italian marqueters traveled to work for European royalty, thus, during the Renaissance, the craft spread to the rest of Europe. In the 17th century a new technique emerged called “tarsia a incastro.” Here, two or three layers of veneer are cut simultaneously and assembled together alternating dark and light colors. This process was later perfected by André Charles Boulle, personal furniture maker of Louis XIV. Today this style of marquetry is referred to as the Boulle technique.  This is the technique we will be teaching at Arbutus.  We will be teaching on 5 marquetry donkeys, a tool designed in the 18th century. Note to returning students: Bruno will be happy to work with you on a more advance project if you’d like. Returning students should contact Bruno at

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Earlier Event: May 28
Drawing Basics for Kids
Later Event: June 2
Fiber Arts Clinic