lrike Scriba’s sophisticated marquetry patterns are based on a simple technique: She cuts the same pattern in a stack of different veneers all at once, then separates the pieces and reassembles them like puzzles, putting contrasting species in the same composition. She often will re-stack those new patterns and repeat the process of cutting, separating, and reassembling. She says the technique requires patience and care and is not entirely predictable—like the glaze on a ceramic pot, the final pattern is always something of a surprise.
Negative into a positive. Scriba deliberately leaves the gaps open and fills them with paste in a contrasting color. She sometimes uses commercial wood filler, and sometimes makes her own from glue, sawdust, and pigment.