Marquetry furniture by Silas Kopf

Posted By on August 23, 2010

Silas KopfThis furniture is made by Silas Kopf from Easthampton, Massachusetts, United States.

He was born in November 6, 1949, Warren, Pennsylvania.
Silas Kopf graduated from Princeton University in 1972 with a degree in architecture.
He has been making furniture since 1973.
In 1974 to 1976 he was apprentice to Wendell Castle.
In 1988, he received a Craftsman’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts,
and used the opportunity to study traditional marquetry technique at the École Boulle, an institute of interior architecture and design, in Paris, France.
His work is in museums and private collections around the world.

kiss my ass by Silas Kopf

“Kiss my Ass” by Silas Kopf

Some people collect books;  Kopf collects veneers, especially those from trees like ebony which are fast becoming rare.
He helped start the Good Wood Alliance, a group that supports managed forests where the number of trees harvested is balanced with the number nature can regenerate. “I would like to buy wood from certified forests where I know the ecosystem is respected,” he explains.

Artist statement:

“Furniture making is architecture on a smaller scale with a design problem to solve.”
“The most important part is the sense of continuity, the idea of being part of this kind of work that’s gone on for hundreds of years.”

More of his works can be seen on his website:
Silas Kopf Woodworking
And there You can purchase his book  “A Marquetry Odyssey” or DVD, which explores various master techniques that have been used to make marquetry decoration on the masterpieces of Western furniture.

“Silas Kopf ……..a day in marquetry” from

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4 Responses to “Marquetry furniture by Silas Kopf”

  1. Wilmaryad says:

    I had to post the “Kiss My Ass chair” photo on Twitter! Hilarious! 😀

  2. james says:

    one of the beautiful work I have ever seen! nice:)

  3. aquariann says:

    Awesome paintings! The chair is pretty amusing. 0.o

  4. Jean-Marc says:

    Have read your marvelous book “a marquetry odyssey”, and translated it in french for a friend.
    Noteworthy book and good explanations. I’m in the mood to try the bevel cutting after that…
    On page 137,I guess you mean (line 3) “We took two pieces of walnut” instead of maple?

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