Add Traditional Geometric Designs to Your Work
Parquetry is a geometric decorative design that is commonly used for boxes, doors, furniture and floors. In this video, historic furniture caretaker Don Williams takes you step by step through the techniques to create a traditional 18th-century French parquetry design.
In this video you'll learn:
- About the history of parquetry, and the tools and materials needed for the craft
- How to create lozenges, the decorative diamond shaped pieces often used in parquetry
- The process of measuring and laying out a pattern, and how to cut and glue precise angles
- To make a simple inlay banding for a decorative border
- Finishing techniques, including how to apply a traditional wax finish
- And much more!
Once you start, you'll be able to create parquetry designs in a range of sizes and for many applications!
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About the Host:
Don Williams is a conservator, educator and craftsman, having worked almost three decades as Senior Furniture Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution. He has published numerous scholarly articles in addition to many in Popular Woodworking Magazine, and is working on a manuscript tentatively titled "The Period Finisher's Manual" to join his previous books: "To Make As Perfectly As Possible," an annotated translation of J.A. Roubo's 1765 masterpiece "l'Art du menuisier," "Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley," and "Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions."