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Marquetry with David Fleming

July, 11 - July, 12 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Marquetry is truly both an art and a craft, using veneers to create absolutely any design that you can imagine, which can turn even functional woodworking pieces into beautiful decor. This two-day class explores the widely-practiced double-bevel marquetry, using 1.5mm sawn veneers and hand tools. In this elegant technique, the picture is drawn on the background veneer, the “inlay” piece is taped underneath, and both are sawn together on an angle, creating a precise wedge fit when the pieces are assembled.

We will first learn the basic techniques of laying out and accurately sawing a simple leaf-and-twig picture using contrasting veneers. Then we will make a somewhat more complex picture and will add the hot sand shading technique that lends depth and dimension to the finished picture.

You will learn:

  • basics of marquetry
  • principles of marquetry design
  • how to select veneers
  • how to apply designs to veneer
  • how to cut, assemble, and glue marquetry pieces
  • hot sand shading
  • how to prepare marquetry for finishing

Recommended reading is The Art Of Marquetry, by Craig Vandall Stevens, or his more recent The Fine Art Of Marquetry, for both inspiration and a clear explanation of the double-bevel process.

All you’ll need to get started at home is the kitchen table, some masking tape, and inspiration!

Prerequisite: None. Open to all skill levels.

Tools required: All tools and materials supplied.

Please bring ear and eye protection and a safety mask.

Optional Tool Kit: While all tools and materials are provided for this class, for an additional $100 you can purchase the complete marquetry tool kit that you use in class, plus a selection of sawn veneers. Please order one month in advance. Kit includes:

  • Adjustable birdsmouth (sawing platform)
  • 12″ throat fretsaw
  • one dozen 2/0 pinless saw blades
  • pin vise
  • sawing platform
  • one dozen #75 drill bits
  • small (Dremel or jewelers) countersink

Class size: Maximum 8.

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

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Effective May 26, 2020:

  • We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than eight (8) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
  • All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly-fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school.
  • When entering the school, all students, instructors, and staff will have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding.


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Meet Your Instructor

David Fleming learned basic carpentry as a matter of necessity while living for many years remote northwest Alaska for many years. In the 1980’s, he discovered the work of woodworking icon James Krenov, and spent two years studying with Krenov at the renowned Fine Woodworking program at California’s College of the Redwoods. David relocated to Scottsdale, AZ in 1993 and has made furniture there ever since. An expert in hand tool use, he has taught Krenov-inspired woodworking techniques to small classes and groups since 2009. Visit


July 11, 2020@9:00 am
July 12, 2020@5:00 pm
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