May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter

Hello All!

Our first meeting of the year was held March 31 at the Folk Art Center in Asheville.  We had an outstanding meeting with 24 members and guests present.  We had several new members join – WELCOME!  And there was lots of news and discussions.  We had 16 items for show and tell, one of which was Scott Jacobs showing a very large work in progress, which is a woodland scene for a chest.  He made this using a manual saw.  He showed us how he made it in more than one piece and then put them together.  See photos on Show & Tell page.

Jim Sockwell demonstrated how he does pad cutting.  He made it look so easy!  See Jim’s Member Profile page.

Another demonstration was a slide show presented by Jim and Joy Davis.  On a recent trip to Europe, they visited several museums that had exquisite samples of marquetry.  They took some exceptional pictures and had many of us spellbound with the show.  Many thanks for sharing with us.

We had lots of business to discuss.  See the Events page for the meeting dates and places for 2018. We will have a booth at the Klingspor Expo in Hickory in October.  Please mark your calendar and make plans to come man the booth and either demonstrate or just talk to the people about marquetry.  Charlie Brown will have more details and a sign-up sheet at a later date. Bylaws for the club were presented and accepted at the Asheville meeting.  These can soon be viewed on our website.  Our website is still in the process of revision – many thanks to Jim Davis for his hard work in this area.  Please let him know your thoughts, suggestions, and most especially compliments!

After 20+ years, Beth Woody has resigned as Treasurer.  Our new Treasurer is Don Patterson, 1714 Ramhurst Drive, Clemmons, NC  27012, 910-964-5215,  Dues are still $15 per year and are now payable.  Checks may be made to Marquetarians of the Carolinas and can be sent to Bonnie Richardson, 2541 Hawkins Road, Germanton, NC 27019.  Bonnie is maintaining our roster.

The American Marquetry Society is planning a show in Colorado later this year.  More details will be forthcoming as we receive them. For the past several years, we have been well represented with entries in the Hobby and Crafts area at the NC State Fair.  The digital catalog for competitions will be on-line around July 1.  Beth Woody will have details and paper entry forms at the July meeting.  Please consider entering these competitions.  There are categories for beginners and for more advanced marquetarians, so all skill levels are represented and you will be competing against similar experience levels.

Our club brochure has been a rousing success, necessitating a second printing.  For those of you who have not seen it, copies will be available at the June meeting.  The brochures are on display at a number of woodworking stores around the state.  If you know of some place where we should be represented, please contact Charlie Brown ( or Jim Davis (

Submitted by Beth Woody