Marquetry Workshop

with Richard Charlebois

Course Details

In this workshop you will learn to create Marquetry artworks. Marquetry is an ancient technique of using wood inlays to create works of art. All required materials, documents, and tools will be provided. 


The workshop will be held from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Clarence Creek Wood Select, 1571 Bouvier Rd, Clarence Creek, ON K0A 1N0.

Schedules for this course in 2024 will be announced in the near future.

Cost: $250


If you are interested in attending a workshop in any of the above mentioned dates please contact us.  Registrants need to be 18 years of age or older. The schedules are tentative and subject to cancellation. For each schedule, a minimum of 4 confirmed registrations are required. 

About Marquetry

Marquetry is a technique of using wood inlays to create art pieces such as portraits, objects, landscapes or landmark scenery. This technique can be applied to create scenes, motif or patterns on furniture. There is no painting involved, the artist uses solid and wood veneers. A touch of pyrography (wood burning) is added to accentuate finer details and make shadow effect.

About the Instructor

The artist, Richard Charlebois, presently resides in Vars near Ottawa and works at his home studio. Richard graduated at the Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario Canada as an Electro/Mechanical Drafting Technician, also earning later his certification of Marquetry in 2002 at the Rose Wood Studio in Almont, Ontario. He decided to combine his background skills of drafting and woodworking to pursue Marquetry. Richard was previously a member of several art associations. Also participate at various art exhibits.  His preferred subjects are: landscape, birds, animals, flowers or a combination and also historical sites or any nature related subject. Also gives Marquetry courses/workshops at his home studio or other locations. Richard has over 20 years of experience in marquetry.

Artist Statement

I always wanted to reflect nature’s beauty through arts. My inspiration came from past experience with drafting, painting and woodworking. Thus by combining these skills with the ancient art form of Marquetry, it gave me the opportunity to create realistic images by truly reflecting nature in using solid wood, veneers or combination. In addition, a pyrography technique (drawing with heat) is applied to complement my work.

I like to bring out the character of my subject by effectively utilizing wood grain, tones and shades to give the illusion of depth, life and movement. All my Marquetry is created using manual tools and my art pieces contain veneer or solid wood from local to across the world. I recycled this wood into an art creation, therefore giving it an extended life. I permeates my passion for art by making every piece of wood reveal its natural beauty and to depict lifelike impressions.

I want to ‘invite’ you to see and feel beyond the wood and find the effect of life that is depicted. This is the way I would like my artwork to be experienced.