This year however there was a man there displaying a piano he had made and covered in marquetry. I really wish I'd had the camera and snapped a photo. Marquetry, according to the Marquetry Society of Canada, is the art of assembling veneers from hundreds of species of wood, sometimes interspersed with gems, ivory, mother of pearl, etc. to collectively form a picture or design. I'm not sure I'm using that word properly in that sentence above, but the piano was beautiful in every sense of the word and I believe it took him 10 years to make. TEN years! Now that is dedication to one's art. He is currently in the process of doing a similar project, but a merry-go-round this time. I believe he's been at this new one for 6 years now. Eric and I spent the most time at this particular booth because his work was truly inspiring. It's definitely a dying craft.
|This is a sample of what I'm talking about taken from the Marquetry Society of Canada's website|
Everyone was so lovely, kind and helpful to us newbies. We were each given a 'kit' with the supplies we would need provided. The entire thing cost us nothing. We were scheduled to be there for 3 hours. And once we got going, man that 3 hours whizzed by. It was truly so much fun. I actually can't wait to get back up there to figure out how to finish the project we started.
I really like the idea of taking a garage sale find and jazzing it up with this technique. Wouldn't that be great?? I know, I have high hopes for myself and Eric. But what if? So what are some new things you are working on?