Frank Strazza builds heirloom-quality furniture one piece at a time in his small studio workshop in Central Texas. He uses traditional joinery throughout and utilizes handtools for much of his work.
Weekend Introduction to Marquetry with Frank Strazza
Learn to paint with wood
Marquetry involves carefully cutting and piecing together different wood species, creating a beautiful picture, decorative element, or lettering.
Dating back to the Italian Renaissance, marquetry has traditionally been used to embellish furniture, church pews, and panels in homes and palaces. Its styles and techniques have evolved over the centuries as the craft spread across the globe.
In this two day introductory class, Frank will teach you some of his favourite techniques and methods. Primarily using a simple hand-held fret saw, you will learn to cut the most intricate of designs that are hardly even possible to cut with a machine. You will learn packet cutting as we recreate 18th-century intricate inlays. You will also learn how to cut lettering. We will scratch the surface of double-bevel sawing.
You will learn how to create your own veneers and which tools to use to create the marquetry. We will do some simple designs including some floral work and lettering. You will leave with the knowledge to go home and delve into this craft and hopefully with the thirst to learn more!
Don’t worry if you are not “artistic”; Frank will guide you through the process, unlocking many possibilities. However, if you are an artist, please come prepared to think outside the box!