I’ve studied furniture from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries for decades and done my fair share of inlay (the table leg to the left is an example). When the talk around the office this week turned to Rob Millard’s much-anticipated DVD, “Marquetry, Veneer & Inlay for Furniture Makers” (buy your copy here), it brought up memories for me of Woodworking in America conferences past (learn more about WIA here…OK, I’m done huckstering for this post).
At my first WIA, in Valley Forge, Pa., I put together a Power Point presentation about inlay, stringing and marquetry. I also did demos on how to do those things as well as some sulfur inlay. If you’re unfamiliar with sulfur inlay (sometimes called poor man’s inlay), it’s a process that involves digging out trenches in the wood, smelling up your entire shop and/or house, by melting sulfur (it’s an element) and pouring the liquid into the trench. There’s more to it than that – but not much.