Marquetry, however intricate and beautiful it may be, is at first a dull, lifeless
shadow. Only when the finish is applied does it achieve its full beauty. It is unfortunate
that the marqueter himself is usually the only one who gets to see the amazing transition
that takes place when the first coat is applied.
This is a video of the first coat of shellac being applied to a plaque featuring
an albatross soaring over a breaking wave in the great Southern Ocean.
The seascape is a shop cut piece of scouler Willow crotch veneer.
Cutting this image on the chevalet in “classic style” renders multiple identical