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MAQ101I23 Basic Marquetry with Jeff Grossman

September, 9 - September, 10 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


Would you like to enhance your woodworking with beautiful artwork pictures that make your projects POP?

Then you will want to learn Marquetry!

Marquetry is the art and craft of creating pictures and decorative designs by the skillful use of the grain, figure, and color of thin wood veneers. Once you learn the basic techniques, you’ll start seeing the entire woodworking world as your canvas.

In this two-day Introduction to Marquetry class, you’ll learn to create marquetry artwork on an ordinary panel using both the “Packet Method” with a scroll saw, and the “Window Method” with a scalpel. You are welcome to use your own original designs, or choose from existing designs.

We will first learn the basic techniques of laying out and accurately cutting a simple picture using contrasting veneers. For your second picture, we will add some complexity to your new marquetry skills by choosing the veneer, and using sand shading to add depth and dimension to the finished picture.  You’ll also learn how to inlay your marquetry into furniture. You’re gonna love it!

You will learn:

  • Basics of marquetry
  • Principles of marquetry design
  • How to select veneers
  • How to apply designs to veneer
  • How to cut with a scroll saw, including: basic saw safety, blade selection, blade installation, and cutting techniques (packet method), and Bevel cutting
  • How to cut with a knife using the Window method
  • How to create depth and shadows with sand shading
  • How to assemble, and glue marquetry pieces
  • How to prepare marquetry for finishing
  • How to inlay marquetry into solid wood

Prerequisite: None. Open to all skill levels.

Tools required: Most of the necessary materials, including panels and veneers, will be supplied by the school. However, there are a few easy-to-find tools that you will need to bring and should own in order to do marquetry:

  • 1 self-healing cutting mat, 12″ x 18″
  • 1 Elmer’s poster board, 20″ x 30″
  • 1 scalpel
  • 3 scalpel blades

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understood these policies.

Please note: If you are paying by cash or check, your registration is not complete until payment is received.


Eye, hearing and dust protection are required in the machine room or when operating machines in the bench room.

Long sleeves and loose-fitting clothing are not allowed around the power equipment. Long hair must be pulled back and secured.

Closed-toe shoes are required. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not allowed.

COVID Policy: Masks are optional, however, if you are exhibiting symptoms of any contagious illness or if you have had a positive test for COVID or influenza within the past 5 days, please notify the school and do not attend class.

Thank you for your understanding.

Jeff Grossman

Meet your Instructor

A former electrical engineer, Jeff Grossman started learning marquetry in 2012 from renowned marquetarian Paul Schurch. By 2015, Jeff won “Best In Show” for Marquetry Furniture at the San Diego Design In Wood exhibition and, since then, he  has won multiple awards for his marquetry furniture and art pieces, including first place in Marquetry at the 2023 San Diego Design In Wood exhibition. His work has been featured in Fine Woodworking magazine, Woodworker West
magazine, Woodworking Network online magazine, and in Veneer Tech’s Craftsman Challenge. Jeff is a member of the Rocky Mountain Marquetry Guild, American Marquetry Society, and British Marquetry Society and is the owner of Artistic Wood and Marquetry, based in Phoenix, Arizona.


September 9, 2023@9:00 am MST
September 10, 2023@5:00 pm MST
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