5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

The Art of Marquetry Woodworking Course

The Art of Marquetry

Instructor: Craig Vandall Stevens
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (day)
Maximum Class Size:  12


Marquetry is a technique where wood veneers of differing colors are carefully cut to fit precisely together, creating a design in wood. This workshop will focus on the double-bevel method of marquetry, a highly accurate technique which eliminates gaps around the individual pieces of the marquetry picture. Fortunately for PFW, Craig's expertise in marquetry is shown in his two books on this subject.

Through demonstrations and hands-on work, participants will gain an understanding of the tools and materials, resawing solid wood into veneers, fret saw as well as scroll saw techniques for cutting the marquetry pieces, shading with hot sand, and finishing methods. Each participant will work on projects beginning with the artwork, working through the marquetry process and applying a finish. Also to be discussed will be applications for marquetry as well as vacuum press and veneer press techniques.

This class is appropriate for anyone interested in creating imagery in wood and is an opportunity to explore an ancient art form that has many practical uses as a design element in artwork created today. Prior woodworking experience is helpful, but not necessary. Machine use will be minimal and instruction will be given on the safe use of those few machines. For furniture makers, it is a chance to further enhance their work with marquetry.

Cost:  $475, including lunch and all materials.   Included in the course fee is the recommended fret saw, jeweler's saw blades, a pin vise, #69 wire gauge drill bits, and a shop made donkey for use with the fret saw.  Each student uses these tools, and takes them home.

There are three ways to register for this class. 
• One can click on the sign up button. 
• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
Send PFW a check, (and send us an email that you have done so so we may hold your spot) and print, fill out, sign and send to PFW the Registration Form and the Waiver and Release of Liability forms.  



  • Weekend of March 17 - 18, 2018 -- 9 am – 4 pm 

Yellowthroats, in a background of Bolivian Rosewood.  This is a table Craig recently completed.

Here is the process    

Shop sawn veneers yield the correct thickness.

Hand drilling, using a pin vise and a no. 69 wire gauge drill bit.

Threading the very fine, 2/0 fret saw blade through the hole and clamping into the fret saw.

Using a shop made donkey and sawing the pattern in the two layers of veneer; one is the background and the other the inlay.

A card scraper is used to level the inlay work.

This is the class project, fully completed.  Douglas fir and walnut with soft maple background.  Stop by the shop and examine the original.