It Was A True Honor To Create The Carving For This Beautiful Marquetry Headboard

Posted on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 12:28 pm

As Ken Stover a marquetry buddy of mine,  was creating a beautiful marquetry masterpiece, he approached me to see if I would be interested in doing the carving for the border of his headboard. Ken and Ronelle had previously referred me to a neighbor of theirs to build and Italian carved fireplace mantel and were so impressed with the outcome they knew I would be the perfect craftsman to compliment Ken’s marquetry.

Both Ken and I were one of the first handful of students to graduate the American School of French Marquetry.

Ken wanted to create a special headboard for his wife Ronelle. Ken designed this with marquetry from a table’s top by Jean-Henry Riesener in 1771. The table is located in the Petit Trianon at Versailles. This table is featured in Pierre Ramond’s book: Masterpieces of Marquetry (volume III) page,77: ISBN 0-89236-595-1.

This is the pattern Ken used to make full scale drawings for a queen-sized bed. Ken executed the marquetry using the ‘painting in wood’ technique, using sawn veneers imported from France.

I was truly honored to be a part of the piece and thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration of working with Ken.

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Ken’s marquetry packet of headboard.

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Aaron’s carving on air dried lumber.

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Aaron’s carving on work bench.


Ken’s finished marquetry masterpiece being framed with Aaron’s French walnut carving.

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