Welcome

cropped-jack-at-seaton-cup-2006.jpgWelcome to my Marquetry Matters website. Over the years I have made a few changes to its layout. Now in year 2020 and my current age (81) I have removed the images of my workshop and machinery, since I no longer perform my creative craft. I will however, perhaps make a small amount of videos to be used as teaching aids, which I will put on-line via YouTube.com.  I have studied, practiced, taught, lectured and written about this amazing craft for the past 30 years. Little did I realise back in 1990 (at the age of 51), when I begun this journey, that I would still be as enthusiastic and motivated to learn more. Designing websites and filming and editing marquetry work is a new venture for me, but one I relish.  The old adage that ‘your never too old to learn’ will, I trust, continue into the distant future.

My beloved county of Yorkshire provides the perfect base to live, and I’m surrounded by beautiful countryside and attractive modern cities where I can fulfil my varied interests. Apart from my passion for marquetry, I relish the challenges of researching, teaching and writing about the medium. In addition I love, music – all types, theatre – preferably musical, and most team sports – football, rugby and cricket in particular.  My home teams happen to be currently enjoying winning ways.   Long may it continue.

You will soon see within the pages of this site that my real passion is 18th century classic marquetry as applied to furniture. In particular that performed by Thomas Chippendale, who, like myself, was born in the county of Yorkshire.  After enjoying the success of my first book The Marquetry Course, which covers some of the images introduced by Chippendale, I have spent the past 20 years researching his collection of marquetry commissions. My second book “Chippendale’s classic Marquetry Revealed”  forms a major study into the tools, techniques timbers and dyes he used to build those timeless images.  Every known marquetry commission made by the great man is included, with information, fully illustrated, showing the original marquetry construction techniques.

Contacts and Distribution

Through the many associations I am involved with, both in marquetry and furniture history circles, I now have a breadth of contacts, ranging from marqueteur’s, conservators and furniture makers, to historians, curators and furniture collectors. Only in the last year, book sales have reached customers in the following countries, UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, USA, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and not least Russia.  From all of these countries I have made personal friendships (via Facebook and Instagram),  with many of their marqueteur’s and furniture makers, many who, like me, have a driving passion for 18th century furniture building and marquetry work. As the Author/Publisher of my book, I use the worlds largest book distributor ‘IngramSpark’ who use Print-on-demand technology to print both versions (Hardback and Paperback) of the book.  I am deeply honoured and flattered with the response my book has made in such a short timescale. My thanks go to you all for showing me that real hand-made marquetry work still thrives and practises across so many parts of the globe.

If you like what you see and read on the pages of this site and you want to order a copy,  please visit the HOME page and press on the link in Red to access my ‘book ordering website’.

Chat to me 

I have built a corner, which allows you to talk to me and pose questions that may benefit us both, so please click on the Contact button and feel free to email me.  Only I see your message/enquiry.

Enjoy your visit.

Jack