Monday, March 4, 2013

Yannick Chastang Visit 01/03/2013

Yannick Chastang Visit

Yannick is one of the country's leading marquetry speacialists. He studied cabinetmaking and marquetry for six years in France at Ecole Boulle before moving to the UK in 1997. He set up his company, Yannick Chastang Limited, in 2003.

Last week Marc took our students to Faversham to visit him...

Upon entering his immaculately clean workshop it is apparent that Yannick likes things to be a certain way, which is reflected in the meticulous work he produces.

Yannick using a machine called a "Donkey" used for cutting veneers.

To see more of Yannick's work, fllow the link below to his website:

Student Work

Chris Coane

A while ago we showed you 50 week student Chris's desk maquettes:

Chris wanted his desk to be black so chose to use oak which can be easily ebonised. One of the most effetive ways to ebonise wood is to make a solution using acetic acid (vinegar) and wire wool. The wire wool is dissolved in the acetic acid for a few days and any remaining wire wool is strained out. Oak is extremely rich in tannins which react with iron and turn the wood black.

Chris is currently making the drawer for his desk, after which he will begin the ebonising process.

 Luke Humphrey

Luke has finished his ebony jewellery box, and although it looks simple, it was extremely difficult to make due to the angled front and back components. Luke chose to use dark red, textured glass for the inside base as opposed to the usual leather or suede used in most jewellery boxes.

Luke will be starting a table in walnut and sycamore next week so watch this space!

Luke Olney

Luke has now finished his 50 week course with Marc but has decided to stay on at 'robinson house studio' to finish his walnut cabinet. He has finished the main carcass an is currently working on the doors. More pictures to come...

New Marc Fish Cabinet

Chris has made more progress since last week on the spine of the cabinet into which the doors will be hinged. The spine is made from maple but will be finished in a Vero Metal spray finish after being sculpted using a chainsaw, angle grinder and orbital sanders.

A slot at the back of the spine for a hinge

Artist of the week

One of Marc's personal favourites at the moment is sculptor Michael Johansson so we thought we'd share with you a few photos:

For more pictures visit his website:

Have a good weekend!



ChrisHasFlair said...


There are lots of interesting things to look at in this post. I like the contrast of the desk Chris is building and am looking forward to seeing the end result.


Marc Fish said...

Hi Chris,

Chris' desk is finished now, we have photos but just need to photoshop the background a little. I must say it does look awesome, possibly one of my favourite student pieces!

Hopefully we'll blog it next time (if Marc shows me how to use photoshop before then)