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April 2014 Newsletter

April 20, 2014

Dear Fellow Marquetarians,

Our March meeting was held March 15 at the Folk Art Center in Asheville.  We had 20 members and guests present – what a great turnout!

John Robinson was elected Vice President of our group and he was also elected to serve as the chapter representative for the American Marquetry Society.

For our club project of using water in a picture, we had many examples, and all showed something different and interesting.  A few commented that they had not yet finished their picture, so they  were encouraged to continue working and bring it to another meeting.  Some of the ways of representing water in pictures were using the grain of the wood, fragmentation, and a stylized representation of water.   Along with showing water in a picture, there was a discussion on how to make harewood, which is good to use for water.   The old standby for making harewood is to soak veneer in a solution of ferrous sulfate and water.  The name brand product Ironite which can be found in garden centers can also be used in a solution of water.  However, dissolving more Ironite or ferrous sulfate in the water does not make the veneer darker.  If you want black veneer, soak walnut veneer in the solution.  Another method of making harewood is to dissolve a steel wool pad in vinegar.  This usually takes a couple weeks for the vinegar to dissolve the steel wool.  Be sure that the steel wool you are using does not have oil in it.  This can be either wiped on the veneer or the veneer can be soaked in the solution.

Our demonstration was creating a radial book matching (sunburst) by Jim Davis.  He showed us how he does this for making lazy susans.  He brought tools he designed to help him in these projects.  There was a hinged mirror that he uses to help determine what part of the veneer he wants to use for the sunburst.  The mirror helps show what the match will look like.  He has also designed a jig which he uses with his band saw and belt sander in cutting the pieces so that the edges are very straight and will fit together well.  Jim brought several projects in various stages of completion to show us.  This was one fantastic demo.

Most of you have paid your dues; however, there are a few who have not.  Please make the check for $12 payable to me and send them to me at 109 Elmer Road, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  If you can’t remember whether you’ve paid or not, please let me know and I’ll be happy to check the record.

 Our next meeting will be at Al Spicer’s shop on May 10, 2014, starting at 10 a.m..  He will be demonstrating the Marquetry Donkey, a.k.a. Chevalet, French Horse, chevalet de marquetrie.  Al says that there will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to try it to do so.  Al will also be demonstrating inlaying oval stringers.  Since he does not live near any restaurants that can handle our group, we ask that everyone bring their own picnic lunch.  The club will provide drinks and ice for the lunch as well as the morning refreshments.  If you have a folding chair, you might put it in, just in case we have a large number of members present.

Also at this meeting, we will have several items for sale.  Danny Wylie, the son of Bob Wylie, who died several years ago has some of his father’s marquetry supplies that he wants to sell.  John Robinson has them and will bring them to the meeting.  I will try to send out a list of what will be available a little closer to meeting time, so that everyone who may be interested can be prepared with some cash money.  If anyone else has an item or two that they would like to sell or give away, please feel free to bring it to the meeting as well.

Directions to Al’s:  The address for the shop is 4110 Puett’s Chapel Rd. Dallas NC, 28034.  Al’s phone number is 336-855-1325.

From I-40, head south on US321 and take the Hardin Rd exit (first exit after you cross the Gaston County line). At the top of the ramp turn right onto Hardin Rd. Go to the blinking red light, continue straight. The shop is 1 and 1 tenth mile from the red light. (NOTE: the road changes names after the light) It becomes Ike Lynch Rd. In one mile the road makes a sharp turn to the left and becomes Puett’s Chapel Rd. Ike Lynch Rd. goes off to the right. Make the turn to the left, shop is one tenth mile on the left after the big turn and across the street from a 2 story brick house.

From I-85, headed North on US321 take the Hardin Rd exit. At the top of the ramp turn left onto Hardin Rd. Go to the blinking red light, continue straight. The shop is 1 and 1 tenth mile from the red light. (NOTE: the road changes names after the light) It becomes Ike Lynch Rd. In one mile the road makes a sharp turn to the left and becomes Puett’s Chapel Rd. Ike Lynch Rd. goes off to the right. Make the turn to the left, shop is one tenth mile on the left after the big turn and across the street from a 2 story brick house.

Al sent a  map, but I cannot make it copy over into this e-mail.  Please let me know if you need it and I’ll try to send it individually or will get Al to send it.

Our future meetings will be July 19 at Herzog Veneer in High Point; September 13 at Sauers Veneer in Lexington; and (I think) November 8 at Klingspoor in Hickory.

Let’s have a great turn out for this meeting on May 10!  As usual, we will get underway around 10 am and guests are always welcome.

Until then,  Happy Cutting!


Feb 2014 News Letter

February 18, 2014

  Dear Fellow Marquetarians,

 Our November meeting was held at Woodcraft in Greensboro.  It was sparsely attended with only 6 members present, but we had a great meeting and those who were not there certainly missed out!  For the program, we had a round-table discussion of all sorts of topics, including type of glue used, and methods of gluing, pattern making, pattern transfer, framing, to name just a few.  We also discussed using a mix of veneer shavings and glue to texture pictures, using casting epoxy in fragmentation, and that ammonia turns oak grey.

 We had an excellent turn-out at the Hickory Show with 24 requests for information.  Each of those individuals is getting this newsletter by e-mail and we certainly hope that you can attend our meeting.

We discussed our 2014 meetings.  The first of these will be March 15 at the Folk Art Center in Asheville.  We will get underway at 10 am with refreshments.  Jim Davis will do the program on radial matches.  This is one that I think we all would be interested in seeing!  Also, our club show and tell project of a picture using water in some way is due.  It is your choice how much or how little water you use in the picture, but it should be central to the theme.  Let’s have lots of pictures and see how many different ways water can be portrayed.  Don’t be shy — if you’ve done more than one, bring more than one!  For those who are just beginning and may not have attempted doing water yet, please bring whatever you are working on.  We would love to see it.

 A possible schedule for other meetings in 2014 is:  May 10 at Al Spicer’s shop in Bessemer City; Herzog Veneer in High Point in July (date to be determined); Sauers Veneer in September, either the 13th or 20th (to be determined at the March meeting).  That leaves November to be planned, so be thinking about where we would like to have it and discuss it in March.

 In addition to setting dates and places for meeting at the March meeting, as you may know, Julie Russell is having some health problems that have necessitated her resignation as the National Chairman of the Board, Carolinas Chapter Board Member, and Vice President of the Carolinas Chapter.   John Robinson has agreed to perform any duties in the interim until a permanent replacement can be found.  Please be thinking about this and be prepared to discuss it at the March meeting.

 Along the same lines, Julie is looking to sell her Rockwell saw.  She said it has a 23+” throat, it is an industrial cast iron head on a stand.  It originally belonged to Pete Rose (one of our old time members), he converted it for marquetry.  I would like to sell it for $175.00.  If anyone is interested email me at: or call me at: 704-474-4398.  I can bring it to the Asheville meeting in March. 

 If anyone else has any small items that they wish to sell or give away, please let Bonnie Richardson ( know so she can be prepared for this. 

 It is time for dues to be paid, and several members have already paid.  The dues are still $12 per year and may be sent to Beth Woody at 109 Elmer Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or paid at the March 15 meeting.  If you are mailing and paying by check, please make the check payable to Beth Woody, and she will send you an e-mail upon receipt of the check.

 Directions to the Folk Art Center:  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!


October 2013 News Letter

Dear Fellow Marquetarians,

Our last meeting was held September 21 at Sauers Veneer in Lexington.  We had 17 members and guests present.

Several things were discussed:

Ø  The national club is still looking for a vice president and a person to write the Question and Answer column in the quarterly publication.  If anyone is interested in either position or has questions, please contact Julie Russell (

Ø  The Klingspor Woodworking show will be held October 18 and 19 in Hickory at the Hickory Convention Center.  If anyone can help with this, either with manning the booth, demonstrating, or providing one or more pictures for display, please contact Bonnie Richardson (

Ø  The website for the group ( is still under construction and we would like to post information about each member who would like to have a part in this website.  Please send Fay or Bob Choban ( two or three photos of your work to be posted on the website.  If you would like, you may include an artist bio including information about your involvement in marquetry, i.e. how long you have been cutting, whether you sell or not, whether you teach or not, etc.

Ø  The next meeting will be November 2 at Woodcraft at the Four Seasons Mall in Greensboro, NC  (directions below).  As usual, we will get underway at 10 am, with refreshments prior to the meeting.  Our program will be a discussion of things that have gone wrong with our pictures and how we corrected them or suggestions from the group how to correct them.  If you have any you would like to discuss, please bring them.  Visitors are always welcome.

For our program, Jim Sweet gave a talk on water in marquetry pictures and how to determine reflections in the water.  Some of the items discussed were how the angle of the sun affected the color and size of the reflection; reflections in still, disturbed, windblown water; and combinations of these.  This was very helpful since our club project is to do a picture with water and bring it to our March meeting, which will be held March 15 at the Folk Art Center in Asheville.  Let’s see how many pictures with water we can display at this meeting.

We had a number of items for show and tell.  Included in these were several reference books brought by Al Spicer for us to look at.  These were quite interesting and hopefully he will bring them again to a meeting next year.  Also included were several first pictures by new members.  All I can say about these is, we’ve got some excellent marquetarians in the making!  Keep up the good work!

Of course, the main event was SHOPPING!  And shop we did.  If anyone didn’t find lots of veneer to their liking (I know I sure did!), it was definitely their own fault.  Larry had an excellent selection of veneer, from the old standards to some very new and unusual items, for us to choose from.  A big Thank You! to Larry and Sauers Veneer for hosting this meeting.  We are already looking forward to next year.

DIRECTIONS to Woodcraft, Greensboro:  From Westbound

Take exit 212  I-40(BUSINESS) toward Bryan Boulevard.  Take exit 217/29 (Old 217-High Point Road/Koury Boulevard) toward Coliseum area.  Turn slight right onto Pinecroft Road.  Turn left on Koury Boulevard.  Turn right onto Four Seasons Town Center Street.  Woodcraft is on the right.

From Eastbound

Take I-40/85 (BUSINESS) (right at the split of I-40/85 and I-40/85 Business) to exit 217/29 (Old 217-High Point Road/Coliseum Area) on Koury Boulevard toward Convention Center Mall.  Turn right on Koury Boulevard   Turn left onto Four Seasons Town Center Street.  Woodcraft is on the right.  The address is 504 Four Seasons Town Center and the phone number is 336-235-0900

Let’s have a great turnout for this meeting.  Until then,

Happy Cutting!

Newsletter Aug 20 2013

Dear Fellow Marquetarians,

Our July meeting was held at Klingspor Woodworking Shop in Hickory.  It was the first time we had met there and they have an excellent facility.  We look forward to future meetings with them.  We had 20 members and guests present and a number of wonderful show and tell items.

With regret, Hank Richter has given up cutting, and he offered his supplies at a silent auction.  There was a large assortment of tools and veneer with lots of excitement from the club members, and in addition to realizing some return on his investment, Hank made a lot of people very happy!

The new roster is almost complete.  For current members, a rough draft has been sent to you as an Excel spreadsheet.  Please verify your information and let me know immediately if there are any changes needed.  If I don’t hear from you, I will assume that your information is correct.  The finished and printed copy will be available at our next meeting, which will be September 21 at Sauers Veneer in Lexington, NC.

Plans are moving forward slowly for the National Meeting next summer at Sauers and Herzog .

There was a call for entries for the AMS National Symposium and Show.  Information was given out for those who may be interested in entering one or more pictures.

We will be participating at the Klingspor Hickory Woodworking Show October 18 and 19 (Friday and Saturday).  Details will be worked out at our September meeting.  Please check your calendars and be ready to let Bonnie know what you are able to do to help make this show a success.

The website is still under construction, but is up and running, and as of the July meeting, when it had been up for less than two weeks, we had already had 40 separate viewers!  John and Fay Choban have agreed to be the “webmasters” for us during this start-up time, and for that we send a huge THANK YOU!  Fay has asked for a couple photos of work by each member, so please send them directly to her at   There will be a “members gallery”  on the website where these photos will be displayed.  There will also be a “help” section on the website where people can post questions for members to answer and/or members may list their areas of expertise and willingness to help others with problems.   We will discuss this “help” section more at the September meeting.  The website address is Please keep checking to see new additions!

Beth Woody will be teaching a marquetry class at NC State University on  September 28 and 29.  Further information can be seen at

The silent auction was such a success that we plan to continue something of that nature.  It will not be a regular item at every meeting, but if anyone has any tools, books, etc. that they are no longer using, they may bring them to any meeting.  A set price can be put on them or they can be auctioned off, seller’s choice.  It has also been suggested that we bring some of our marquetry books for members to look at to see if they may want to purchase one for themselves.

We have decided to do a club project.  It is to be a water themed picture.  Pattern will be your choice, and it may be a library pattern or one of your own design, it simply needs to feature water prominently in some way.  We are to have this picture completely finished by our March meeting.  Let’s all put on our thinking caps and come up with something spectacular to show everyone!

Our next meeting will be September 21 at Sauers Veneer in Lexington, NC.  As usual, anyone interested in marquetry is welcome to attend our meetings.  We will get underway at 10 am with refreshments prior to beginning the meeting.  Please bring your calendars and ideas, as we would like to discuss the dates and places of our meetings for 2014.  We would also like to know what you would like to have for programs/demonstrations and if you would be willing to do one of these.  Jim Sweet will do our program for this September meeting with a discussion/demo on doing water in a marquetry picture.  Of course, after lunch, we all look forward to SHOPPING!  Larry says he has some new and unusual veneer which will be available for us and he has also requested that if we have any specific “wants” he will do his best to fulfill those.  Therefore, if anyone wants something specific, please let me know by September 1, and I will forward those to Larry so he will have time to get them together if he has them.  Let’s have a great turn-out for this meeting.  Sauers Veneer is located at 363 Dixon Street, Lexington, NC and the phone number is 336-956-1200.

Directions:  From the North (Greensboro/Winston-Salem):  Take business I-85 south towards Lexington.  Take exit 84 (Linwood Road). Turn left at the stop sign and go across the bridge. Take your first right which is Dixon Street. From the West:  Take I-40 East to Greensboro and then take business I-85 towards Lexington.  Take exit 84 (Linwood Road).  Turn left at the stop sign and go across the bridge.  Take your first right, which is Dixon Street.

From the South:  (Charlotte):  Take I-85 North towards Greensboro.  Merge onto business I-85 North via exit 87.  Take Exit 84 (Linwood Road).  Merge onto Hargrave Lane.  Take 2nd right onto Hargrave Lane.  Turn Left onto Dixon Street.

I hope we have a great turn-out for this meeting and look forward to seeing you all then!



July 2012

Dear Fellow Marquetarians,

We had a fantastic meeting at Herzog Veneer in High Point on June 1, 2013 with 13 members and guests present.

Our new President, Bonnie presented some of her good ideas for the direction of the Club.  Among them were the selection of meeting places.  One suggestion was that since many restaurants have meeting rooms, we should investigate meeting there and, of course, having our meal there, too.  Please look around your area and if there are any places you can suggest, please let Bonnie know (via e-mail:  It was also suggested that new members have a “mentor” who can help them.  While any of us are willing to answer any questions, if someone living near the new member may be more accessible.  Other items mentioned were name tags for the group, setting dates and places for meetings for the whole year at the first meeting; and more applications for marquetry other than pictures and furniture.  Bonnie asked for ideas for demos/programs and many topics were mentioned.  Among them were:  problems encountered and how to correct; knife cutting; book matching for sunburst; pad methods; cutting picture into frame; fragmentation; cutting and using stringers; squaring pictures; mitering corners; sand shading; and having more workshops.  Please let Bonnie know via e-mail of your interest in the above list, either in the topic or as a presenter of this topic.

Returning to doing a Club Project was discussed.  We want heavy participation in this, but understand that everyone may not be interested in particular patterns, so please let Bonnie (via e-mail) know your suggestions of how this might be handled to bring in lots of participants.

One other item presented was the possibility of hosting a “National Meeting for Shopping” weekend in 2014.  Larry Sauers has proposed an invitation to AMS to come to the area for a weekend of shopping for veneer.  He has been talking with Sam and Sabrina and Ken Horner (AMS President) about this.  Briefly, there would be a weekend during the summer of 2014 during which Sauers Veneer and Herzog Veneer would open their facilities to AMS for the purchase of veneer.  There is a possibility of a “meet and greet” of all members on Saturday evening during which there could be a Show and Tell display of one or more pictures from each attendee and also the possibility of a catered barbecue dinner at the same site.  Our chapter would be responsible only for being available at the sites to answer questions and assist as needed.  This is in the very early discussion/planning stage, and more details will be forthcoming.

Our program was a presentation by Fay Choban on setting up a website for the Club.  We are all excited about this, and hopefully it will be in full swing by the next meeting.  As soon as we have full details, I will send out another mini-newsletter with information on how to access the website and where to send contributions.

Our other activity was SHOPPING!  Sam and Sabrina really went all out for us this time and had an absolutely fantastic selection of veneer for us to choose from and excellent prices as well.  Needless to say, we all went home with bunches of veneer to add to our collections!  We send a huge THANK YOU to them for their efforts!

There is a call for pictures/entries for the AMS National Marquetry Symposium and Show.  Details are available on the WYCOLO website at   We have been encouraged to enter as many pictures as possible to make this a very successful show.

Our next meeting will be July 20 at Klingspor in Hickory.   The street address is 856 21st Street Drive SE, Hickory, NC and the telephone is 828-326-9663.  Jim Sweet will do a presentation on his method of doing fragmentation.  As usual, we will get underway at 10 am with refreshments and break for lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Let’s have a great turn out for this meeting!

Directions from the East:

  1. I-40 West toward Statesville
  2. At exit 126, take ramp right toward Hickory/Newton  0.2 mi
  3. Turn right onto McDonald Pkwy SE  0.9 mi
  4. Turn right onto 21st St Dr SE  0.5 mi

Directions from the West:

  1.  I-40 East toward Statesville
  2. At exit 126, take ramp toward Hickory / Newton  0.2 mi
  3. Turn left onto McDonald Pkwy SE  0.9 mi
  4. Turn right onto 21st St Dr SE  0.5 mi

Until July 20, Happy Cutting!

Beth Woody