Posted By admin on August 23, 2011
These wonderful pictures in style of marquetry are done by Alan Townsend from Chelmsford, United Kingdom.
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.