Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #8: More To It Than Just Pretty Chevalets

When I last posted in this blog, I had almost finished the chevys and was feeling about ready for the classes to begin. Well ……. that may have been a little premature. It seems that teaching a marquetry course requires a little more hardware than just some pretty chevalets.

First I’ll update the construction part. All that really remained to do on the actual machines was to make the blade clamps (using my table saw for steel), the knobs for the saw frames, and of course, the logos.

I was unable to find any 3/8" insert nuts so I epoxied nuts (union nuts cut in half) into some blocks and used the thread as an anchor to turn the knobs.

The logos were easy and allowed me to play with my new scraper plane.

So now I’m done, right? ….. not so much. In addition to the basic chevalet I added to each one an awl, a tee handled allen wrench, a tube for spare blades, a working tray, and a “chevalight”. Of course each working tray had to have tape, a pair of tweezers, a probe, and a razor blade.

The “chevalight”

Then there was the need for four more stools and four working stations with cutting surfaces and “clean” trays.

I finally think that I have the “hardware” assembled and now can start working on looking for suitable motifs for teaching the techniques. These are some I’m looking at. I don’t want to copy Patrick’s étude motifs but need to offer sufficient challenge and learning points in the ones I do choose. As well I want to offer a choice of difficulty at least in the final piece that each student finishes in the class. These are some I am considering.

I’m leaning toward the lighthouse (thanks to Paul, tinnman65 for that idea) as the introductory motif as it has local interest. It is Fisgard Light in Esquimalt Harbour near Victoria and is one of the oldest on the west coast of North America. The “final” may be as complex as the art nouveau piece or as easy as some coasters with the student’s initial or initials. The one part that I will shamelessly copy from ASFM will be the self portrait because I like the way it allows the school to keep a record of its students.

BTW…… still two places available for Sept 21-25. …… :-)

Now I think I’m ready and with a few weeks before the course begins, I just might go sailing for a week or so.

Thanks for looking in.

Paul

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

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Brian ...

If you weren’t 4 days drive away, I’d take you up on one of those available stools.

lanwater ...

You are well prepared Paul.

I like the light house. I think it is a great idea.
From someone who does not know what he is talking about, I think it offers some challenges but is not too difficult plus it looks great.

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

very nice work , like the fact that you are teaching others the craft

CindyG ...

Yes, what Brian said- if I wasn’t in Texas I would be on that stool myself! I know you’re going to have some big fun!

Steve Tow ...

Ditto Brian!
Surely, a masterful class!!!
Happy Sailing Jack!
Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!

Mike40 ...

Congrats on doing such a fine job on all of these course related projects Paul. If it had been me I would have been finished in 2025 and the result would not have been as good. Very impressive productivity! I liked everything you did, but what do you use the razor blade for?

shipwright ...

Thanks everyone.
The razor blades are used for all cutting of backing paper, kraft paper, etc and also used to scrape the paper off the surface after mounting.

Steve Tow ...

I concur Mike!
It would be really great to get a bunch of us together at some point, to attend your
Marquettry class!
To bad they don’t offer group rates from
All over the world to one destination!
Heck, maybe they do!
Lol