Update on Stone marquetry Class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

The Stone Marquetry class went well at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking (MASW) in Indiana. We worked on two projects, and completed them with good results. thrilled at how excited people got, once the results were in coming in. I will be teaching a one week class at the MASW next year.

Much of current Stone Marquetry work is based in an Asian tradition called Parchin Kari, or Pietra Dura in Europe.


“Pietra dura
or pietre dure (see below), called parchin kari in South Asia, is a term for the technique of using cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create what images in stone. It is considered a decorative art. The stonework, after the work is assembled loosely, is glued stone-by-stone to a substrate after having previously been “sliced and cut in different shape sections; and then assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section was practically invisible”.

Stability was achieved by grooving the undersides of the stones so that they interlocked, rather like a jigsaw puzzle, with everything held tautly in place by an encircling ‘frame’. Many different colored stones, particularly marbles, were used, along with semiprecious, and even precious stones. It first appeared in Rome in the 16th century, reaching its full maturity in Florence. Pietra dura items are generally crafted on green, white and black marble color base stones. Typically the resulting panel is completely flat, but some examples where the image is in low relief were made, taking the work more into the area of hardstone carving.” (source)



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