Next Meeting

Greetings to all members, both old and new!

Although 2020 took much away from so many of us last year, I am very happy to announce that our first meeting of 2021 will take place on Saturday, June 5th, beginning at 10am at Sauers Veneer, located at 363 Dixon Street in Lexington, North Carolina.  I hope that as many of you as possible are still making plans to attend, as it has been so long since our group could meet and it would be absolutely great to have a large turnout. 

We will begin our morning in the warehouse area with a short business meeting to update everyone on the present status of our club, as well as address any new business or revisit any old business that anyone would like to discuss.  Larry plans to have all of the loading dock doors open and the fans going for plenty of cross-ventilation and social distancing.  Masks are encouraged, but we will also have some on hand for those of you who need one.  After a brief five-minute break, we will then feature two member demonstrations that should be quite interesting.

Our first presentation will be by Beth Woody, who will be presenting a short demonstration on how to incorporate from a printed cross stitch pattern ( or photo, or greeting card, etc) to a finished marquetry picture.  This should interest anyone new to the craft.

After that, we are pleased to announce that Former Club President Charlie Brown will be presenting a picture frame demonstration which will consist of cutting and attaching mitered frame components to an MDF substrate. Materials and tools that he plans to use will consist of an MDF mounting board, narrow wood framing material, compressed air pin nailer, miter box with dovetail saw, disc sander, clamps, and wood glue. This should be of great interest to many of you who work with MDF. 

An informal luncheon is planned after the meeting and we encourage you to bring along a sandwich.  Larry will be providing bottled water and Beth has kindly offered to provide us with cold drinks and individually wrapped snacks.  The Sauers Veneer warehouse is large enough to be in compliance with any COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time, so we should all be able to enjoy our food safely.

We owe a debt of thanks and appreciation to Larry Sauers of Sauers Veneers for offering to host our meeting during the ongoing pandemic and we understand that he is expecting to take shipment soon on two exciting new veneers.  Both are of architectural grade and one is from a company that finishes the interiors of airplanes for private owners.  Many of these are rare species and/or highly figured and Larry has generously offered to hold the best of these so that our club members will have first choice.  I urge all of you to take a little time after our meeting to walk around his warehouse and see if any of these fine materials might be of use to you in your own projects. 

In the meantime, I look forward to meeting all of you in June.  Our members are what keep our club great and this will be a wonderful opportunity to meet with the many other skilled craftsmen and craftswomen that comprise our group.

See you in June!

Paul Purdue, President

2021 Meeting Schedule

Please note that due to the on-going pandemic, the 2021 schedule will be posted as conditions permit, and may change. Check back here regularly! At this time, the only scheduled meeting is June 5th, 2021 (see above).

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are 10a.m. to about 2 p.m.  Reminders will be sent via email approximately 1 week prior to meeting dates with additional information including presentation info and addresses.

 Recent Events


Entry Level Marquetry Class conducted by Club President Charlie Brown and Bonnie

 Richardson in February at Hickory NC Klingspor.


November 2019 – Klingspor, Arden NC

Charlie demonstrates transforming an inexpensive craft store box into a keepsake by routing for a marquetry inlay.

Jim Sockwell showing how he uses fine sand  and temperature control for sand shading veneers. Low temperature, (200 C) and slow.

March Meeting – Folk Art Center Asheville   

A wealth of talent exhibited at the Show & Tell

Presentation: Embellishing a Wedding Chest with Marquetry

John Fenwick discussed how he used marquetry to tell a story and personalize a 16th century inspired wedding cassone. The six panels were affixed by two inline dowels, parallel to the grain direction to allow for wood movement.

Members dispensed with the impressive collection of veneer donated by the estate of Richard Whitley, we will continue to produce the art that Richard loved.

Upcoming Events

  • North Carolina State Fair: Pending
  • North Carolina State Class: Pending
  • Klingspor Extravaganza, Hickory, NC: Pending
  • John C. Campbell Marquetry Class: TBD for 2021– Beth Woody will present a week long class at John Campbell Folk School. Working on a manual fret saw, create your own masterpieces by choosing from a variety of natural wood veneers and making your own patterns from photos or drawings. All levels welcome! More details to come…
    The Campbell website is: and more details on classes can be found at: