Jim teaches the full marquetry process for creating surface imagery with veneer. Through demonstrations, one-on-one guidance, and hands-on practice, students learn to compose designs; strengthen drawing skills; select veneer; accomplish traditional double-bevel sawing with fret and scroll saws; use standard woodworking machinery to cut, drill, and change the shape of commercial veneer; tape; press; and finish.
Each student executes a series of projects, starting with shared, simple designs before tackling either representational or abstract compositions of their own. Those new to marquetry can establish a strong foundation for continued work, while more experienced participants advance their skills by tackling more elaborate compositions.
Jim Macdonald creates custom guitars, art, furniture, and portraits featuring marquetry and inlay in Burnham, ME. In addition to his own projects, Jim collaborates with other high-end furniture makers as a marquetry specialist. His work has been commissioned by Gibson Guitar's Custom Shop and Hinckley Yachts. His Turandot Cabinet appeared in the "Current Work" section of Fine Woodworking (June, 2001). Jim teaches marquetry for the Comprehensive. His work can be seen on Facebook at James Macdonald Art Guitars.
Open to all, from absolute beginners to those who have already taken marquetry courses.