Bob is one of the best Marquetry Artists around.
Here are a few examples of his work!!
Robert Swanson is a retired Air Force officer whose 28 year military
career was spent
in various aspects of mapping, charting and geodesy. He has
had a lifelong interest in
woodworking and has been an avid marquetarian since the late l960's.
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Just a few words about these pictures: They are part of a book
called The Lindisfarne Gospels which was created by monks living in a monastery
on Holy Island. This island is just off the east coast of England and a
few miles south of the Scottish border. These Gospels date from about 698
AD and Holy Island was the object of the first Viking raid on the English
coast. For their safety, the Lindisfarne Gospels were removed from the
island and have eventually come to the British Library in London, where
they remain today. Each of these portraits includes the Greek word “Oagios”,
which means “holy” or “saint”, preceeding the name of the Evangelist (Mattheus/Matthew;
Marcus/Mark; Lucas/Luke and Iohannes/John). Each of these evangelists had
a symbol and at the top of each portrait are Latin words whch tell what
the symbol (imago) is (a man/hominis; a lion/leonis; a caif/vituli and
My version of these portraits measure 23 1/2 inches wide by 28 1/2
A WORLD OF WOOD BY ROBERT SWANSON
This "world of wood" is a geometric form called an icosahedron,
mathematically, is a regular solid bound by 20 plane facets.
icosahedron, these 20 facets are equilateral triangles. These
are subdivided into smaller triangles, each of which is represented
distinct kind of wood. Accordingly, this world displays 60
of wood . In the base of this display there is a drawer which
schematic of the globe and a descriptive listing of each of the
The curved meridian on which the world rotates was constructed of
steam-bent laminations of walnut and two strips of maple veneer.
meridian is mounted tro the base so that the world's poles are about
degrees from vertical, approximating the actual relationship of
poles to the plane of its orbit around the sun. The axles
and bushings on
which the world rotates were turned from lignum vitae.