I'm a retired wood boat builder. I spent most of my life self employed, owned a small shipyard for a while and retired in 2004 after selling a small ferry business that I started in 1990. When I sold it, it had twelve 20' ferries , nine of which I had built myself.
In my retirement I sail my 21' Friendship sloop in the Canadian Gulf Islands and the American San Juans in the summer and spend winters in Green Valley Az.
I have fully functional shops in both locations and since I took up marquetry as a passion, I have a chevalet de marqueterie in each. Most of my woodworking now involves marquetry in some form but everything I make involves a challenge to accomplish something I haven't done before.
*2015 Update* I have opened a new school of French marquetry at my shop in Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island, B.C. Five day courses will be held for two weeks each spring and each fall.
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It is time for a change at CSFM. I have decided to stop offering in shop classes and start offering the same (exact) classes via private interactive video. I am currently working through the level one class with a student in Texas who bought a...
I wrote an article in the January issue of our “Woodworking Monthly” about dyeing veneer for marquetry and in it I used a light aluminium oven tray as a dye container. Well …. to make a long story short …. don’t do that. It turns out that the...
I’ve been doing a bit of repetitive hand cutting (dovetails) in my leg vice (or vise if you prefer) lately and while I am very happy with it in general, I guess the one drawback has always been that you almost need another hand for the wedge...