Marquetry pictures by Alan Townsend

Posted By on August 23, 2011

Bluebell Wood  by Alan Townsend

“Bluebell Wood” by Alan Townsend

These wonderful pictures in style of marquetry are done by Alan Townsend from Chelmsford, United Kingdom.

Alan Townsend

After leaving school Alan Townsend started work at a piano making factory and after about a year and a half he was given the opportunity to help out in the veneer shop as a trainee veneer preparer.

Alan says about himself in that time:
 “ It was there that I saw my first piece of marquetry being made by the old guy who eventually showed me the basics of veneer preparing.
Having seen his attempts at a very simple picture I decided if I could not do better then maybe I should change my trade!!!
After several attempts my very simple pictures, completed during lunch and tea breaks, became quite popular among fel­low workers.
I started making about one a week and selling at ten shillings each (That shows my age).
Chessboards, cribbage boards soon followed and even a fire screen with a kingfisher on it laid with Scotch glue and pressure applied with a toolbox! ”

Alan Townsend founded the “Chelmsford Marquetry Group”. From an initial group of six people in Alan’s front room a Committee was formed and the Group was started in 1984.


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3 Responses to “Marquetry pictures by Alan Townsend”

  1. umihoney says:

    aww I love them all especially Poppies and Susan’s Last piece

    Thank you for sharing

  2. AstryCraft says:

    Awesome and great detail (Wilderness Man)

  3. Mieto says:

    wow, true mastery !
    best regards :-)))

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