I promised Joshua some content if he would put a veneer/inlay/marquetry forum up, so here is the first.
I have done a very basic demo video of hammer veneering. It is nothing special, but it does give the basics of how to do the technique.
If you’ve never messed around with veneering, I strongly encourage you to give it a try. It really opens up new possibilities.
I am a newly converted fan of hammer veneering and using clamps and presses with hot hide glue. First off, you don’t get high (or need to wear a respirator) like when you use contact cement. Second, it’s all natural – no carcinogens involved. And third, and perhaps most importantly, it’s reversible. If you make a mistake, or need to change something, all you need is a little heat and water and you can take it apart.
After doing this, I have even more respect for folks like Joshua who produce high-quality videos for the internet. It’s not easy at all. When I was piecing the raw video together for this, I noticed all kinds of errors. Bad lighting, bad camera angles, poor sound, dirty shop, cameraman’s finger visible in the lens for a little bit! The list goes on and on. I will be putting some money into a proper camera outfit so I can produce some better videos. In the meantime, please enjoy this basic demo and then give hammer veneering a try for yourself.
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