© 2011 www.gartfurniture.com © 2011 www.gartfurniture.com © 2011 www.gartfurniture.com Some Techniques Used to Create Fine Art Furniture Marquetry & Inlay  Wood veneer is cut and used to assemble decorative designs and pictures known as marquetry. The beautiful variety of colors and natural figure provide the material to create elaborate designs. My designs are not only placed into flat surfaces but also curves, and sometimes extremely difficult compound curves, I've never seen this done before, but I think it adds a beautiful and unique intricacy to the peace. Please pay particular attention to the quality of the inlay and marquetry this is all done by hand. I take great pride in producing the very finest and intricate inlay with all the pieces fitting together like a puzzle and all the seams being no more than a hairsbreadth, well maybe two. Joinery Typically with every piece multiple joints are used, not only for a strong durable bond but also to allow movement, as the wood expands and contracts over time with the fluctuation of humidity. Joinery requires the mastery of accurate cutting techniques. Many of the pieces have wooden joints only. However on occasion when it is expedient I will use a metal fastener. Choosing the right joint whether it be a wooden joint or a metal fastener is a crucial step in maintaining the longevity of any piece of hardwood furniture. Carving Carving offers a means to create works of fine art furniture. Special chisels, gouges and other tools are used to sculpture diverse shapes from a variety of woods. I don't believe I've seen anyone combine intricate carving with inlay and a variety of precious exotic hardwoods. Take your time touring Gallivan's Art Furniture and please tell a friend. The Fine Art of Hardwood Furniture