Marquetry portraits by Rob Milam

Posted By on July 24, 2010

Rob Milam
These portraits from wood veneers are made by Rob Milam from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

Rob’s wooden paintings are very detailed.
He uses up to 16 different kinds of wood and up to 700 pieces, many of which are the size of a pin-head.
And most importantly, all those little pieces are hand-cut with a scroll saw.

Rob Milam said about his work:

“Marquetry is the craft of cutting and piecing together contrasting pieces of wood veneer to create an image.
I draw from my inventory of some 120 varieties of veneer to select a few that will contrast and complement each other effectively.
Veneer selection is really the most fun and challenging part of the process. I have a limited palette to work with and consequently the finished product often tells more about what the wood has to say than what I have to say.
I frequently end up with things I did not plan for and it always turns out to be a pleasant surprise.”

More works of this master can be seen here:

Portraits in wood by Rob Milam

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One Response to “Marquetry portraits by Rob Milam”

  1. Moro no Rio de Janeiro e trabalho com marchetaria. Achei explêndidos as artes em marchetaria,

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