English Village in Marquetry
Jim's second marquetry class was at the John C. Campbell Folk School located at Brasstown, North Carolina. The folk school conducts several marquetry classes each year taught by different instructors. Instructor for this class that Jim attended was Clyde Badger. The image of the English Village above was made during his class. The framed piece measures 9x12 inches. It was made from a pattern provided by the instructor. Badger uses contact cement to glue veneer to the core.
To cut out various shapes from veneer, and rather than using a powered scroll saw, Clyde fashioned his version of a hand-powered scroll saw that could be attached to a kitchen table. Veneer can be cut using a very sharp utility knife, but Jim prefers a good scroll saw. On the subject of saws, some scroll saws are definitely better than others at cutting the very thin material. Burl woods are especially challenging and require some form of backing.