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.

Pictures:

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,

Andrew

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering 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.

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

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