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A labour of love...

A labour of love...

Whether you’ve discovered wood veneer as a hobbyist, are just starting out in marquetry or are an established business, where veneers have become an integral part of your work, one things for sure – we all share a love of wood veneer products!

A truly spectacular showcased product

Transforming a virtually ‘two dimensional’ product into a three dimensional object takes skill, practice and above all else dedication. We never cease to be amazed by the exceptional talent of so many of our customers and clients. One recent customer really showcased their love of veneers in a truly spectacular way!

James Garwood, an established cabinet maker has made furniture for royalty and he has had pieces sold in Harrods. His love of woodworking but turned his job into his passion and he decided to make handmade pens.

In honour of reaching 1000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, James decided to craft a very different and ‘priceless’ pen, made using 1000 pieces of dyed black tulip and cherry veneers.

The pen's construction

After layering and gluing the veneer sheets together, James continued to create layer upon layer of wood veneer, until he knew that he had 100 layers. This veneer block was then diagonally cut on a bandsaw to produce the zig-zag feathered detail.
Further sections were then meticulously cut into wedges from a burl wood. These pieces were then glued together to create the rough shape of the pen’s barrel, which was then turned on a wood lathe, to fully reveal the intricacies of the veneer.

Before being assembled, the pen’s body was finished with CA glue to produce a durable and high gloss shine.

Amazingly, the whole process took over 25 hours, but you can see the pen’s barrel being made on James’ YouTube channel in a matter of minutes!

Get inspired too!

So, why not get inspired and join the other 1.6 million viewers who have already watched this epic pen being made, or learn more about James and his talents on his website?

It's never too late to try a new hobby and with specially selected starter packs and inspiring books on the subject, why not give it a try yourself? Who knows, perhaps you'll be making a pen using 1000 veneer pieces in a few years too!
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