Marquetry with David Fleming


July 11 – 12, 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Availability: 4 in stock (can be backordered)

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A two-day class exploring the widely practiced double-bevel marquetry technique, using 1.5mm sawn veneers and hand tools. In double-bevel marquetry 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.

Instructor David Fleming studied with James Krenov for two years (1984-86) and has taught this class many times over in his own shop. We welcome this addition to the Southwest School lineup.

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

All tools and materials are provided for the class. 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.

Optional Tool Kit: While as noted above all tools and materials are provided for this class, for an additional $100 you can take home 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

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


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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