Marquetry with Paul Schürch


Marquetry with Paul Schürch

Design and create your own marquetry panel, guided by an expert who traveled the world to learn century-old techniques.

Meeting Times
  1. Sun, 5/5/2024 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  2. Mon, 5/6/2024 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  3. Tue, 5/7/2024 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sun, 5/5/2024 - Tue, 5/7/2024

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Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking, Hand Woodworking


Marquetry is the art of creating pictures and patterns out of wood veneer glued to surfaces in furniture, art work, boxes, and architectural panels. In marquetry, the entire surface is covered with a background veneer with patterns or pictures made of veneer. In inlays, a piece or pieces of wood are recessed into a solid-wood backing. Marquentry techniques have developed over centuries in many different colors.

You'll make and finish a marquetry panel of your own design, which you can later incorporate into a jewelry box, small cabinet, or other project. You'll learn how to cut the pieces using packet, contour, and knifing techniques and illuminate how simple this process can be. You can apply the concepts to future projects big and small.

The class covers:

  • Obtaining veneer for marquetry.
  • Flattening, storing, and handling.
  • Creating a marquetry design and drawing the cartoon.
  • Cutting the veneers on a scroll saw the smart way.
  • Adding shading with hot sand for depth and realism.
  • Gluing, sanding, and finishing.
  • Clamping mechanically vs. in a vacuum press.
  • Pressing veneer to create curved panels.


Your marquetry panel will measure approximately 8 1/2" X 13 1/2" on  1/4 "-thick MDF (medium-density fiberboard).


A $116 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers everything you need.


No prior BARN class is required. However, before the class begins, you must view two videos and booklets made by the instructor about veneering and marquetry. The instructor will be condensing what is often a five-day class into three days, so it's important for all students to be familiar with the steps. You'll receive a letter with the link after you register.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Safety glasses and closed-toe shoes are required. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses and a dust mask.
  • Bring a sack lunch each day. You're welcome to use the refrigerator and microwave on the lower level. BARN provides free coffee and tea.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

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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