In 1988 I had the opportunity to study traditional marquetry at the École Boulle in Paris. One of the things I was interested in learning was making repeated motifs in marquetry.
For School Desk I designed a simple fish that had fifteen separate pieces of wood. The design called for the fish to be layered as if they were swimming in a school. There are approximately 150 fish in total. They swim around the skirt of the desk and over the kneehole.
Using the double bevel technique for cutting marquetry limits the size of the panel (because of the depth of the throat of the saw). Therefore I needed to break up the "school" into parts that were no bigger than about 30 inches. These breaks come where the legs are joined to the panels.
The legs are formed by laminating walnut veneer into eight pieces of maple. After laminating the legs were turned on a lathe. This creates the look of a pin line inlay.