Why the marquetry shack? because this is where I do all my work!
My name is Ian Smith, based in Manchester, UK, and I create bespoke marquetry pictures from photographs, art work, or your or my own designs. Every picture is unique, taking advantage of the wonderful tones and contrasts that can only be achieved through natural wood veneers.
I have been creating marquetry pictures throughout my life. I specialise in all sizes and subjects from miniatures up to four feet by five feet. If you are looking for a special picture this is the place - for bigger panels or furniture there are brilliant UK companies like Ace Marquetry at http://www.acemarquetry.co.uk?temp-new-window-replacement=true
Feel free to look through my portfolio for a sample of my work. If you have any questions, please contact me. Also feel free to go to the bottom of the page and do a like for facebook!
All my work is produced using traditional hand cutting methods (the "window" technique). I do not use a laser as the work I do specialises in hand production. I have hundreds of veneers and I see the art of marquetry as using the natural grain of wood and the tones it can create. I am responsible for the whole process from design, cutting, laying and finishing, although I can also let you have the finished picture prior to laying if you have any special requests. I can also work to your own design. All my pictures are laid using a vacuum press that ensures proper adhesion so you do not need to worry about them not lasting. They are hand sanded then finished with cellulose lacquer for a perfect finish. Some of the pictures in my gallery are over thirty years old and unlike me they improve with age!
"We recently acquired some marquetry crafted by Ian Smith. The subject is taken from the painting 'A Young Man at his Window' by the French impressionist Gustave Caillebotte. We are delighted to own such a skilful piece which is exceptionally well crafted and beautifully finished" -- Ray and Brenda Stokes, Perth, Western Australia.
"Ian Smith crafts marquetry to a most exquisite level. The delicate finish and artistic blend of colours and natural grain give depth and movement to his intricate pictures. The result is lifelike, emotive and nothing short of breathtaking. Most definitely the best marquetry I have come across." -- Mirriam Lawton, Lancashire, England.
"The Marquetry Shack is a hidden gem in the crafting community, run by long-time educator and artist Ian Smith. Ian is a craftsman in the truest sense of the word. He - - chooses to do all his projects by hand - just the way we like it!" Roarockit, Canada
"Heritage skills with a contemporary twist" HandmadeinBritain
"World class marquetry from a master of the art; original subjects and nobody else reflects contemporary themes so well" Usman Khan, Lahore, Punjab