Marquetry Pictures by Jane Burke

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My name is Jane Burke.  I was born and spent most of my growing years in South Africa.  After studying clothing design at college I joined my parents in Paraguay, which is where I was introduced to Marquetry.  I came to the US in 1996 and presently live just north of Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, Robert and our cat, Crowley.

I have a special passion for Marquetry and anything to do with wood. There are so many wonderful species of wood in many colors and grain patterns which makes Marquetry so satisfying, as I get to see and use several of these different colors and textures in a single piece of marquetry.

I started doing Marquetry in 1993 while living in Paraguay.  I was shown how to cut veneer with a scroll saw but soon found that it was easier and more accurate using a craft knife.  Over the following few years I worked on my technique until I developed a style that suited me better.  This is the technique I now teach and use to make my marquetry pictures.

Marquetry is my way of appreciating the beauty of wood and expressing my creativity.  I lean more toward nature scenes as I love the great outdoors and all the little critters and creatures found in it.  I am also a keen gardener and therefore enjoy making pictures of flowers.

On July 1, 2007 Marquetry became my full time occupation.  The 11 Years prior to that I owned a wholesale hardwood flooring business.  But, my passion was always for marquetry and now I love being able to spend my time doing something I truly enjoy.

When I first got started with marquetry I bought my first table saw at a yard sale and quickly accumulated enough tools to start making boxes and furniture, which I adorned with my marquetry.  It was not until January 2008 that I started making framed marquetry pictures.  Today I still make furniture for my own home and engagement ring boxes which I sell on my other website, .

I also teach marquetry at woodworking shows and woodworking stores and give seminars and talks on the art at woodworking clubs and guilds.  I enjoy doing marquetry so much that I love getting others interested in taking up this wonderful art form.

To see more about the life of Jane, visit my Splash page at .

The picture in the middle is of a walnut keepsake shadow box I made and the bottom picture shows two ottomans I made for my husband and myself.



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