Decorative marquetry – a wall clock face with Toby Winteringham

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About this course

This course is an introduction to the art of marquetry. You will make a small wall clock, with a marquetry decorated face, using knife cut and some shaded veneers.

Course Description

This course is intended to introduce knife cut marquetry and the aim is to create a decorated wall clock that you can take home to enjoy.

Everything will be provided, including the clock movement and hands. You will learn how to use a scalpel to cut coloured and natural wood veneers using templates, and then you will assemble them to create a design. You will also learn how to glue this design onto a backing board, then sand and smooth the veneers, ready for finishing.

The morning session starts with a safety briefing and an introductory talk by the tutor, who will demonstrate the technique and show some examples of what can be done. This will be followed by some practice exercises to get the feel of the tools and materials. Due to time constraints, it will only be possible to create a very simple design. Some of the marquetry pieces can be shaded with hot sand to create a three-dimensional effect.

In the afternoon, you will glue these designs onto a prepared board, sand and clean up the panel, apply a basic finish and assemble the clock – which should show that it is time for tea.

Please note that you need to be able to hold a scalpel, and use it steadily and with control, to cut the veneers.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The tutor will supply all of the materials, including veneers, backing board, adhesive, abrasives, clock movement and hands.
  • Scalpels/blades and other necessary materials to complete the project will also be supplied for the day.

What students need to bring

  • An apron and sturdy covered footwear is essential in the workshop (no open toes).
  • Pencils: 2H, HB, B, eraser, pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Glasses for close working (if needed)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Scalpel handles and Swann Morton No.3 and 10A blades
  • Available from tutor:
  • Scalpel handle and blades

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.


Toby Winteringham

Toby creates individual furniture pieces and collections based on his observations of everyday life: be they natural, industrial or cultural. Inspired by simplicity, structure, pattern and function his pieces display a pared down beauty that both challenge and please in equal measure.

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