Newsletter Feb. 12, 2015

Good evening, all!

Below is our newsletter with information regarding our meeting March 14 at the Folk Art Center in Asheville.  I hope we have a great turn-out.   The program promises to be very interesting and helpful to us, as an attorney will be talking to us about copyright and trademark laws.

February 12, 2015

Dear Fellow Marquetarians,

Our last meeting was held November 1, 2014 at Klingspoor Woodworking Store in Hickory, NC.  We had 22 members and guests present.  We began with a welcome and introduction of our visitors.

We had several entries for the 3-veneer challenge issued by the NorCal group.  Photos were taken and sent on to Ken Horner for judging and we understand the results will be in published in the Spring 2015 American Marquetarian.

We set our meeting dates and places for 2015 as follows.  Programs and demonstrations will be announced at a later date.  As always, all meetings are on Saturday.  Our meetings are open and visitors are welcome.

March 14, 2015 at the Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC

May 23, 2015 at Al Spicer’s shop in Dallas, NC

July 11, 2015 at Herzog Veneer in High Point, NC

September 12, 2015 at Sauers Veneer in Lexington, NC

November 7, 2015 at Klingspoor Woodworking Store in Hickory, NC

We had a discussion comparing cutting with the knife, scroll saw and fret saw with each method having strong support, resulting in the decision that it was up to the individual which way was the best.

The North Carolina State Fair offers a competition in marquetry in their Hobbies and Handicrafts division with several classes (experienced, novice, youth, etc,) of entries being .  This year, we had only 2 entries and we discussed making preparations to have many more entries in 2015, as this is an excellent arena to present marquetry to the general public.

Al Spicer demonstrated his method of sharpening a veneer saw to prolong its life.  He also demonstrated cutting stringers for our pictures.

I am sad to include news that George Moreton, one of our founding members, died April 8, 2014.  He was a master marquetarian and innovator, inventing a parquetry cutter to help cut the geometric pieces he used to do some exquisite items.  Also, Hilda Gladden, Raymond Gladden’s widow died last summer.  She was most supportive of Raymond in his marquetry and of our club.  Both will be greatly missed.

Our dues are now due and payable.  They will remain at $12 per year for 2015, but will increase to $15 for 2016.  If you have not already paid your dues, you may send a check for $12 made payable to Beth Woody to me at 109 Elmer Road, Hillsborough, NC  27278.

For our March 15 program, Christopher Clark, an attorney who will discuss how copyright and trademark laws apply to artists in general and marquetarians in particular.  Since many of us use photos and pictures to make patterns for our marquetry pieces, this topic should be quite interesting and help us understand what we can and cannot use as a pattern.  More information about Mr. Clark can be found at

As always, our meeting will get underway at 10 am with refreshments available prior to the meeting.  We will begin with our business meeting and a show and tell portion, break for lunch, and then return for the program.  Let’s all bring something to show what we’ve been working on over the winter!

Directions:  From all directions:  Take I-40 to Exit 55.  Follow the signs to the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 382.

Until then, Happy Cutting!