Swallows in my Rafters

Back a year ago when I was doing the marquetry for my Birds and Bees reversible box I experimented with a couple of different ways to do the birds on the sides. One of the ideas was to cut them from one veneer and watercolour dye them and another was to cut them from one veneer and just sand shade them as in the monochrome technique. (like this piece)

In the end I decided on traditional marquetry and set the trial pieces aside. ….. which brings us to last winter when I was doing a tidy-up around my little shop in Green Valley. I came across these little panels and thought they were too nice to just junk so I put them where real swallows would likely want to go anyway …. in the rafters of my shop.

I think they look quite at home there and they are no longer cluttering up the bench in my too-tiny shop.

Thanks for looking :-)


Woods: maple veneer

Tools: chevalet

Tags: marquetry

If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.


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MontanaBob ...

Wouldn’t mind having clutter like that hanging around….. LoL

a1jim ...


CindyG ...

Those swallows would be beautiful in ANY room! Love it!

Richforever ...

They like to watch you working. Well done!

Brian ...

My set asides are rarely as beautiful. Nice stuff.

Shin ...

Awesome! Very nice way to use your 2nd’s.

mark@woodworkinstallation ...

Really like the idea. Worked on a job once that had a bathroom walls painted like underwater in a pond. The ceiling had the bottom half of ducks. I wish I was more of an artist.

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