Fine Detail With Marquetry & Laser Engraving...

Clock marquetry used to add detail and bring life to the theme of the clock

The use of marquetry and laser engraving on my clocks provides a level of fine detail that adds character and brings the theme of the clock to life.

What Is Marquetry?

Marquetry is an old technique that has been used for centuries for creating fine detailed pictures and adding decoration to luxurious furniture.  It is achieved by assembling together small pieces of wood veneer of different types and shape to create an overall pattern or picture.  The surface of these individual pieces are sanded flush to give one finished smooth flat surface.


Below is a simple example from the Concorde clock where a small profile of Concorde is let into the front surface of the pendulum bob, sanded flush and then treated with finishing oil and bee's wax. As you can see there is a lot of time and effort that goes into this very labour intensive part of the build but without it the clocks would definitely be missing something...

laser cutting and engraving the wooden parts of the pendulum wall clockveneer piece being let in to create the clock marquetryclock marquetry being sandedclock marquetry being treated with finishing oilclock marquetry being finished with bee's waxclock marquetry before and after


What Is Laser Engraving?

Laser engraving is used to create line and pattern details on the clock and complement the clock marquetry to produce an overall detailed beautiful appearance. The laser removes a small amount from the top surface of the real wood veneer to leave clean and accurate detailed features.


Thank you for taking the time to read this "Fine Detail With Marquetry & Laser Engraving" page.  I hope you found it interesting and informative, however if you have any questions or comments about the page or any aspect of the site or clocks, please do not hesitate to contact me.

One more thing... it might worth taking a look at my FAQs page, a growing page of common questions that people ask when viewing my mechanical wall clocks.  Keep those questions coming... Thanks Darren



Section of Burrell Showmans engine wooden mechanical pendulum clock