Traditional marquetry with Audrey Fasquelle

Ref: SWE13479

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Learn how to cut fine veneer with a fretsaw and create a marquetry patterned panel.

Course Description

During the first day, using a fret saw, you will use the principles of the Boulle technique to cut two to four veneers in a pack (as one set), and create a traditional acanthus pattern.

Some initial exercises will be done to learn how to prepare and use the fretsaw, choose veneers, prepare a pack of veneer ready to cut, and how to assemble to make a small decorative panel. You will then glue the different patterns and assess to prepare for the second day, when you will have the opportunity to cut a simple pattern design of your own to make a second piece.

It is essential that you are able to use the fretsaw with a steady hand to achieve a good result with the fine veneers used in marquetry.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course, the tutor will supply most of the materials, including: veneers, fretsaws and blades; some additional materials, including glue and plywood panels to work on, will be supplied by the College.

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
  • A notepad
  • A sketch of a possible design for your second piece
  • Glasses for close working, if needed

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Audrey Fasquelle

Audrey is a specialist in marquetry and works in the autootive industry as a wood bespoke specialist. She trained for three years in cabinet making, wood carving and woodturning and a further three years in marquetry in France (one year at Ecole Boulle in Paris).


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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