Posted On: June 6th, 2016

You may have noticed the little changes in my blog recently.  I have just discovered Instagram and the ease of posting images and videos on Instagram.  If you want to see our latest works, join me on Instagram, name is yannickchastang.  But don’t worry, I will add bigger articles in this blog, so keep coming back…. See you on Instagram,   Yannick    

New protein glue: La Colle

Posted On: November 2nd, 2015

Yannick Chastang now offers for sale a new protein glue, I am confident that you will not find better glue on the market. La Colle (the french name for glue) is a superior glue of higher quality than commonly sold hide glue, pearl glue or bone glue. This high-grade protein glue is a mix of various grades of hide glues and bone glues that have been carefully selected for their excellent quality, strength and flexibility. It is free from additives. This unique glue is the fruit of years of research and testing by craftsmen, restorers, conservators and scientists. La Colle is a marriage

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Platinum Saw blades, high quality piercing saw blades

Posted On: September 25th, 2015

When I started learning marquetry in the early 1990s, we were required to make our own piercing saw blades. We could have bought them but school rules were that we learn the old-fashioned way! Additionally, at the time, the commercial blades then available were considerably poorer than those manufactured today. Starting with a good-quality flat steel wire, we filed each individual tooth then took a punch to set one tooth one way, the next the other way before eventually sharpening and, where necessary, tempering the blade. After months of experience, and on a good day, each blade would take between

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New marquetry donkey

Posted On: June 13th, 2015

In preparation for our September marquetry course, course runs 26th-30th September 2015, £500 plus materials), we are currently making 8 new marquetry donkeys.  Although requiring a lot of work and a lot of wood, it’s a great project.  With 8 new donkeys to add to our 2 existing donkeys, we will have more donkeys than the Ecole Boulle in Paris or any other marquetry school in the world.  Importantly, each student will be assigned a brand new donkey and will not need to share.  The donkeys are made using locally sourced quality ash timber, mahogany and the metal work is currently being made professionally to our

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Background and the Ecole Boulle

Posted On: May 5th, 2015

Welcome to my first blog. I want to start by saying that the last thing I want my blog to become is a platform for me to talk about myself. My aim with this blog is to share my passion for furniture, to show you what we are making in the workshop and hopefully share with you some tips about how to make furniture and marquetry “my way”. So what is my way of making furniture? How does it differ from anyone else’s? And this is where I do digress to talking about me. Before I can start describing my methods and beliefs,

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