It seems that there's a lack of information about this topic, despite how well spread the art is throughout middle east, in Europe few centuries ago and even in Japan. Someone needs to write a book about this!
Alan Carruth wrote: look up Joachim Tielke of Hamburg for some examples, as well as Voboam and Sellas
Thank you for your input and for these names!!
Alan Carruth wrote: This is often called 'parquetry',
I am still confused what is parquetry and what is marquetry. Googling 'parquetry in musical instruments' does not seem to yield anything useful.
Alan Carruth wrote:'Purflex' binding and rosette pieces are made with a computer controlled laser cutter in several patterns.
Yes, this is really fascinating, yet it's too machine-made for my taste at the moment.
Alan Carruth wrote:That sort of work is extremely time consuming.
But I imagine extremely rewarding. My best part of making a guitar is the rosette
Alan Carruth wrote:There are a few books on marquetry available: one I have is 'The Art and Practice of Marquetry' by W.A. Lincoln, 1971, Thames and Hudson press.
Doug Ingram wrote:The Japanese practice of making up patterned blocks and using them for decorative covers is called Yosegi.
During my search on the internet I managed to watch a lot of videos about Yosegi. What threw me off is that the japanese planes that they usually use are known for the thinnest shaving that they can produce, but how to make it able to produce a veneer of let's say 0.2mm still evades me (is that possible with a normal western style plane?!). I wish if there was a book about the art (e.x. to talk about technique involved but also creative examples of patterns created)..
Marcus Dominelli wrote:There is a strong tradition of marquetry like this in Egypt
Not only in Egypt, but the whole middle east (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Iran, in addition to countries of north west Africa. I am sure I missed a few additional countries). But again these builders are very secretive about their trade, so one cannot find any useful video about marquetry stemming from the Arabic middle east at least.
I watched videos about 'Khatam', a Persian art of marquetry with bone used in addition to wood...Very insightful on how marquetry is being performed in Iran.
Thank you vesa and Gordon Guttmann for your input!