This is my most ambitious marquetry project to date. I built it a little over two years ago and it is now on display at a small gallery in Victoria, BC. It is no real style except my own but was an attempt to emulate the pieces from France’s “golden age” a couple of hundred years ago when marqueteurs decorated every available surface on their creations. There are about 1500 individual pieces of veneer give or take a hundred and every (visible) surface has marquetry, even the stretchers.
All the marquetry is hand cut on my BC chevalet. The base wood is Western Maple and the top is Baltic Birch plywood. The finish is French polish. There are no fastenings other than hot hide glue.

Thanks for looking


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The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.


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Mike40 ...

A remarkable piece of furniture in every way Paul. If you are selling it, it will be quite a prize for some collector of fine and unique furniture for sure.

David E. ...

You blow me away Paul. Stunning!

Dutchy ...

I,m not yet in for marquetry but when I see such a beautiful piece of art it makes me enthousiastically. So maybe in the future? How knows. I Also followed Mike his blog about his last marquetry and chevy.

Thorreain ...

Unbelievable!!! I have to learn how to do that.

Brian ...

Incredible. No detail overlooked. I love the globe and ring leg ornaments. I’ve never seen that before. And of course, the marquetry. Very nice!

Celticscroller ...

Your designs and work are amazing. I love the dedication and detail you put into all your pieces. You must be a very patient man! :)

shipwright ...

Brian, funny you should mention the leg design. That was the original concept I had in my mind. The rest of the table was designed around it.

lanwater ...

There are some element of Louis xv era and baroque style.

A very nice combination anyway I look at it.

1500 pieces! that’s a tremendous amount of work and coordination.

kiefer ...

That is one beautiful creation and I am intimidated to say the least but then I am not surprised knowing who made it .
Only one thing wrong with it I don’ty own it but now I have three pieces of marquetry that you created and will proudly display them as my new logo on my projects
Thank you so much ,you made my day !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your friend

lightweightladylefty ...


We remember when you first posted and blogged this. It still excites us! Thanks for the reminder.


RogerBean ...

A feast for the eyes. The marquetry is a tribute to your skill and tenacity. Lovely piece.

Steve Gaskins ...

Paul, Absolutely Stunning!! I keep coming back to this table and each time it blows me away. You, my friend, are an inspiration. Love your work, Paul. I’ve always used solid wood for my projects, but I would love to be able to produce work like this one day. Marquetry is something I’ve never tried, but I assume it would take a lot of time and patience to learn. I love everything about your work, Paul. Even your tools are a work of art.

Rennners ...

Always a pleasure to view your work. This piece is phenomenal.

a1jim ...

I set here with my eyes popping out and totally amazed at this great work of art.

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