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Tour the Shop of a Marquetry Master

comments (2) July 9th, 2014 in blogs

AsaC Asa Christiana, Special Projects Editor, Fine Woodworking magazine
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W. Patrick Edwards has been re-creating historical pieces in his San Diego shop for over 30 years, and is the winner of the 2014 Cartouche Award, given by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers for a lifelong contribution to the craft. Edwards trained in French marquetry methods at Paris' famed Ecole Boulle, where he discovered the chevalet, a hand-made machine that one sits at to saw through complex packets of marquetry pieces.

Edwards' customers come to him for traditional pieces made with original techniques, glues, and materials, as opposed to reproductions made with modern methods, and his shop is a trove of time-tested tools and methods, some not widely known in the U.S. Painted above his storefront showroom is the inscription, "Ici, nous sauvons the passe pour le futur," or "Here, we save the past for the future. "

Upstairs, in a big, beautiful mezzanine lit by windows and skylights, is Edwards' American School of French Marquetry, where he teaches 8 students at a time the tools and methods he first learned in France and perfected in San Diego.

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Comments (2)

user-2431591 user-2431591 writes: Truly wonderful. I admire the quiet, matter-of-fact way W. Patrick Edwards describes his shop and his work when, in fact, he is describing something that has needed such an unusual degree of foresight, talent, determination and sheer hard work to achieve. World-class and inspiring. Thanks.
Posted: 4:48 am on July 29th

lindhrr lindhrr writes: Patric a Master.
Posted: 4:25 pm on July 12th

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