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Synopsis: From Louis XIV to the Art Deco furniture of Jacques Ruhlmann in the 1920s, French furniture has used exquisite marquetry. Silas Kopf spent two months at the Ecole Boulle studying marquetry techniques and has incorporated marquetry into his furniture for decades. He uses a double-bevel cutting method and a traditional French tool called a chevalet to cut much of his marquetry. Here, he explains the method of cutting multiple stacked pieces of veneer at the same time.
I first encountered Pierre Ramond’s book on marquetry about 10 years ago. It was the French edition, and even though my high-school foreign language skills weren’t up to the task of translation, I was able to make enough sense of the book to become acutely aware of a world of traditional marquetry technique virtually unknown in America. From the time of Louis XIV (early 18th century) to the Art Deco furniture of…