A Marquetry Repair
There are times in my business that you get interesting repair jobs. This I think is one of them. Now ,, all the work I do isn’t always the grand carvings that have a big WOW factor but can cover many different facets of woodworking. I do tend to get into some bigger projects but I do love having what I call “filler jobs”. They aren’t big things ( sometimes they are) but I always enjoy working these types of things into my schedule for a number of reasons. One.. they are just plain fun to do and offer neat challenges. I like solving the puzzles of getting them back together again. And two.. they usually pay quite well for the time and effort that goes into them. And three they offer me a nice diversion and break from an ongoing job for a welcome change of pace. Doing these evens out the flow of the work/cash flow.
Here is just one of those types of jobs. It’s challenging. Fun ( a priority for me) and brings in quick cash ( a bonus) . So where’s the downside? I can’t find one.
This piece belongs to an Attorney. Is it valuable? I have no idea and to me it doesn’t really matter. It only matters to him. He asked me if it is ,,, I couldn’t answer. He asked what if the price of the repair is more than what the piece is worth. Good question but not one for me to answer. I’m not an appraiser. I’m just a woodworker. And to me,, if the piece is valuable or not,, the time it takes for me to do the repair and get paid for my time is still the same. So I put the ball back in his court. I let him decide. Well, after my “nickel tour” of the shop and a look through my portfolio he left it for me to repair. So off we go with something else to do.
As a side note, many of the pieces I do restore, especially statuary are not worth the cost of me repairing them. It would be simple for the customer to go out and buy another “Statue of Mary” or whatever but in most cases they have sentimental value or they have been in a church for close to 100 yrs. New pieces can be had,,,but most don’t want them.
So here is the next patient on my exam table. I’ll be working on this as my schedule permits and add to the pages as work progresses. At this point you can see the scale of the scrolled pieces in need of replacement as well as the large crack along the rim which has migrated to at least 8 of the connections along the center. And in the center one of the characters is missing some wood from his “behind”.
I’ve never done a piece like this before as is usually the case for me as I don’t like doing the same thing twice.