Bob Swanson
Greeley, CO
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 an eagle/acquilae).
My version of these portraits measure 23 1/2 inches wide by 28 1/2 inches high.

This "world of wood" is a geometric form called an icosahedron, which, 
mathematically, is a regular solid bound by 20 plane facets.  In an 
icosahedron, these 20 facets are equilateral triangles.  These 20 triangles 
are subdivided into smaller triangles, each of which is represented by a 
distinct kind of wood.  Accordingly, this world displays 60 different kinds 
of wood .  In the base of this display there is a drawer which contains a 
schematic of the globe and a descriptive listing of each of the 60 woods.
The curved meridian on which the world rotates was constructed of l0 
steam-bent laminations of walnut and two strips of maple veneer.  The 
meridian is mounted tro the base so that the world's poles are about 23 
degrees from vertical, approximating the actual relationship of our earth's 
poles to the plane of its orbit around the sun.  The axles and bushings on 
which the world rotates were turned from lignum vitae. 

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