The Pietre Dure in wood is made from stone, but inlayed into wood.
Wood inlay into wood is called marquetry. The person whom I am
working with is Paul Schurch, from schurchwoodwork.com
You are right, that wood and stone are miles apart. I just happened
to LOVE little tiny things, micro bitty. I think it comes from too
many years of staring into a microscope and finding a whole world of
I found a .039 Taurus 3 saw from Diamond Pacific. Had a talk with
Don, nice guy who said this would work well. Paul on the other hand
insists that the the microwire saw is the way to go. But you know,
he's Swiss and quite exacting. If you check out his site, you will
see what I mean. He spent 4 years in Italy working with masters
learning this art. The images on his site don't do them justice.
He's working on a marquetry fish on a table which is jumping for a
pietre dure lure with fine silver inlaid into the wood as the fishing
The little stuff is cool and the crossover between wood and stone
have endless art possibilities. Somewhere a piece of art with
granulation, pietre dure and marquetry is brewing in the back of my
mind. Don't know where this is all going yet, but I'm very excited.
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