January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year, Marquetarians! I hope that you were able to finish all projects that you had planned for 2018 and have a slate of marquetry goals for 2019.

The final 2018 meeting for Marquetarians of the Carolinas took place Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Fletcher, NC. This was a rain date, as the original September 15th date was impacted by Hurricane Florence. 16 members and guests attended and several attendees participated in show and tell. The primary program was a demonstration of vacuum pressing from Jim Davis.

Jim prepares to demonstrate the vacuum pump and vacuum bag. Jim also distributed printed instructions and resources for vacuum pressing.

Jim applies glue to a substrate, prior to clamping in the vacuum press.









Jim Sockwell and Charlie Brown examine Paul Purdue’s album during show and tell.


In addition to Jim’s very informative demonstration, several members, and some visitors, brought show and tell items.  An informative discussion and helpful tips on techniques followed the show and tell presentations.


Ted Lawshe explains the taping process he used for his picture.



Distribution of an extensive collection of veneers and marquetry magazines donated by longtime member Ted Lawshe was also a significant item for this meeting.  Many thanks to Ted for his thoughtfulness and contributions to the club over the years.  Thanks also to Jim Sweet for his logistical assistance and the volunteers who helped with packaging the items Ted donated.


The meeting schedule for 2019 was also discussed, and subsequently published by Charlie Brown via email. [Editor’s Note: See “Events” page for schedule.]

An introductory 1 day training class was discussed and the details are now available. It is a one day Entry Level Marquetry Class and will be conducted at the Klingspor’s Woodworking Store in Fletcher on Feb 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  2 seats are available and registration is required NLT 15 Jan. if you have already registered, no additional notice is required.  Email Charlie for details at cwbrown19691@embarqmail.com. The cost is $35 and saws and materials needed to cut a  5 x 7 picture are included.  There will also be discussion and tips on building your own marquetry saw.

With the new year, it is time once again to renew membership in our club.  Annual dues are $15 and can be remitted to Bonnie Richardson either via postal mail or given directly when attending an upcoming meeting.

Bonnie Richardson
2541 Hawkins Road
Germanton, NC 27019

Submitted by: Scott Jacobs, Secretary