Collection: Beth Woody; Chapel Hill Woodturners

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When asked, "What is Marquetry," my usual response is "Painting with wood."  Although I have been involved in making and demonstrating many crafts such as  Swedish weaving, sculptured paper lamp shades, cold water lye soap and kaleidoscopes,  my first love is marquetry, which I was introduced to more than 40 years ago. I was fascinated with the way the intricate patterns in the pictures were made using the myriad of colors and grains of the natural woods.  Some time after that I had the opportunity to begin learning and I have never looked back.

I have been a demonstrating member of the Village of Yesteryear at the North Carolina State Fair for more than 50 years and participate in several other craft shows each year.  I currently teach a weeklong class at John C. Campbell Folk School. As a member of the Chapel Hill , some of my finished work is available through WomanCraft.

In my studio-workshop in Hillsborough, NC,  I use a manual fret saw to cut each piece of the picture out of veneer which is 1/26th to 1/42nd of an inch thick.  Pictures are cut one at a time so no two pictures are ever the same.  I prefer using only the natural colors of the veneers, but occasionally use dyed woods.  The pieces are assembled as they are cut, similar to a jigsaw puzzle.  Once the picture is completed, veneer is used to self-frame the piece and it is applied to a stable core, which is also covered by veneer.  It is then sanded and a protective finish is applied.

I welcome questions about my work and also visitors by appointment.  I can be reached at

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  • Marquetry Plaque - Swallows
    Beth Woody; Chapel Hill Woodturners
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