+44 (0)113 218 1010
Tuesday 15 May 2018
10.30am – 4pm
Inspired by our celebration of all things Chippendale, join us this May and discover more about the craft of marquetry, a technique used throughout Chippendale’s work.
Join premier marquetarian Quentin Smith with our Introduction to Marquetry course and learn the basic techniques of hand-cutting pictorial marquetry by the “window” method. You will have the chance to cut hardwood veneers and assemble a marquetry design, and learn how to finish and polish your piece, which you will be able to take home with you.
The course will start with an introduction to the House and a chance to explore some of the Chippendale furniture around the State Floor.
Refreshments and a sandwich lunch will be provided on the day. Please notify us upon booking of any dietary requirements you may have.
On arrival, please make your way to the entrance of the State Floor for the start of the workshop.
Bookings can be made online, or alternatively please contact our Visitor Experience Team on 0113 218 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I was aware of marquetry from an early age, as my father made several pieces in the 1960s – this is his second picture. However it wasn’t until my wife bought me a commercial kit in 1987 that I first put knife to veneer.
The newly formed Thurrock Marquetry Group were recruiting for members and I joined them, and the Marquetry Society. I received a great deal of help and encouragement, especially from the late Ernie Maxey and Ron Gibbons. Little did I know then that in 2011 I would end up succeeding Ernie as President of the Society!
In 1995 a job relocation brought me to Staffordshire and I displayed a selection of my work at the local horticultural show. There was sufficient interest to form the Staffordshire Marquetry Group, which I am pleased to say continues to grow and flourish.” – Quentin Smith
For more information about Quentin, visit www.qjsmarquetry.co.uk.