Reflecting Humor In Marquetry
The basics of a good story
One night while watching Robert Redford describe the basics of a good story on the Sundance channel, I thought about how that could be applied to decorative veneering. It is one thing to have a nice marquetry flower motif, but to tell a story with veneer as my palette? Then the light in my brain went on. I created a concept called "storylining" that uses basic storytelling techniques of character, conflict, and resolution in my marquetry designs. Now I could create functional art and, perhaps, put a smile on people's faces.
Every day my woodworking journey leads to new paths. I have brought together my experience in technology, design, and woodworking to create "Divine Design," where customers can compose their own storylines over the web using customizable design components to create tables, countertops and doors panels. I also have "Studio Divine," where I create one-of-a-kind artistic furniture or completely custom designs that the "Divine Design" Web site cannot accommodate.
As in many things in life, woodworking is a journey. Get a clear vision of what you want to do and put together a skills-development plan to get there. As the old saying goes, if you don't know where you want to go, you surely won't get there. I tell my students "If you can't visualize your next three projects, you are locked up in woodworking death row. Guess what your next project is? Your skills-development plan".
-- Gregg Novosad
See Gregg's Web site, then try your hand at simple marquetry with this article from WOOD magazine. For more information and plans for marquetry, check out these downloadable videos.
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