Free Presentation: Marquetry, Then and Now


Free Presentation: Marquetry, Then and Now

Meeting Times
  1. Sun, 5/5/2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sun, 5/5/2024


BARN Great Room


Paul Schürch, a marquetry expert from Hawaii who will be teaching a three-day woodworking class at BARN, will share the history and diversity of this craft in a free presentation open to all.

Marquetry is the craft of piecing together thin pieces of wood with contrasting colors and grain lines to create designs that decorate everything from furniture to boxes or can simply be displayed as artwork on its own. Schürch has even used veneer to create wearable garments made of wood, including a cocktail dress featured on his website.

He will discuss how marquetry differs from inlay, another decorative wood technique that uses thin pieces of contrasting wood. And he will discuss historical techniques, modern-day adaptations, and ways of using materials and techniques with a minimum of tooling to give fast and professional results.

This presentation will double as the Woodworkers' Monthly Presentation for May. Everyone is welcome, and you don't need to register in advance.

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Paul Schürch

Through formal apprenticeships, Paul was trained in building pianos, church organs and boats in Europe and worked for several years as a finish carpenter and furniture maker in California. Seeking something more challenging, he traveled to learn Japanese joinery; studied stone inlay, marquetry, and furniture restoration in Italy; and traditional boat building in England. In 1983, he opened a custom-furniture business, Schürch Woodwork, which operated in Santa Barbara, Calif., and more recently in Hawaii. Since 2001, he has been teaching marquetry, furniture design, and woodworking at trade schools and woodworking clubs and given presentations nationally and internationally. He has been featured in many magazines, shown at numerous galleries, and honored with numerous awards for his work. See more of his work and background at and .

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