Wednesday – Napkin Holder with Marquetry

While the teens were here, we managed one shop project – a napkin holder.  It’s about 6 x 6 inches, made from oak and has a marquetry “V” on it.  We did a stack cut for the marquetry so one side has a light background with a dark letter and the other a dark background with a light letter.


The light side

The dark side

The last part of the project was to teach the teens the need for napkins at the dinner table and the difference between a salad fork and a dinner fork.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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30 Responses to Wednesday – Napkin Holder with Marquetry

  1. Gorgeous as usual… What does the V stand for? Victory? Viceroy? Violet? Visitor? Vittles? Inquiring minds….

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  2. Debra says:

    What a beautiful napkin holder! I’m sure your grandsons are enriched by the learning this art under your direction. Teaching them about table manners…another lost art. 🙂 I’m sure you had a wonderful time with them, and they with you!

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  3. CJ Hartwell says:

    My kids still don’t see the need for napkins. Isn’t that what sleeves are for?
    Love the holder. Especially fond of the dark side. 😉

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  4. artistpath says:

    Great project and so satisfying to create with your hands!

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  5. Nice! I can’t imagine ever achieving the kind of precision you do with marquetry. I think that’s a hobby I’ll just admire from afar.

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  6. dorannrule says:

    A delightful learning experience for the teens and a grand creation for the table. 😊

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  7. Pied Type says:

    That’s lovely. I especially like having the reverse images. I confess, however, that I’ve not had napkins around for about 20 years. Living alone as I do, paper towels have been quite sufficient.

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  8. To which they rolled their eyes no doubt (about the salad fork). Are any of them taking shop in high school? Or maybe now inspired?

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    • They roll their eyes to the left. Sadly high schools don’t really offer shop classes any more. The push is college and the trades are ignored. But I do think I’ve inspired them a bit to make things.

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      • When I’m wearing my other hat (the teacher one), I hear that could be changing–as it should. Everyone isn’t interested or suited for college.

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        • It should change, we need plumbers, electricians, and carpenters and much as we need doctors, lawyers and rocket scientists. Okay, we could argue the need for lawyers … but when the toilet backs up, you’ll be glad they train plumbers.

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        • willedare says:

          I agree. The son of one of my friends dropped out of college after his first year and is now a working plumber making quite decent money. Thank you for the explanation of marquetry and parquetry in a previous post. Now I need to find out what tessellations are (which Jacqui mentioned…)

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        • There’s a plumber shortage in my area and my plumber just raised his base rate to $120 per hour. He’s gained business and has more than he can.


  9. JoHanna Massey says:

    Just beautiful Andrew. All my best to you. Thank you.

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