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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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...
The leg vice is so simple as to be self explanatory and its installation likewise, to the point that you can install it and uninstall it in less than a minute. This is nice on those occasions when you don’t want a vice in the way of your work...