Quentin Smith (QJS Marquetry & Web Design)
QJS Marquetry & Web Design
- manufacturer of unique, hand-crafted, bespoke marquetry items - jewellery and keepsake boxes, game boards, pet portraits, pictures of local scenes, marquetry jewellery and much more.
Also designer of simple, cost-effective web-sites for small businesses.
Quentin Smith - Premier Marquetarian
I was aware of marquetry from an early age, as my father made several pieces in the 1960s, however it wasn't until my wife bought me a commercial kit in 1987 that I first put knife to veneer.
The newly formed Thurrock Marquetry Group were recruiting for members and I joined them, and the Marquetry Society. I received a great deal of help and encouragement, especially from Ernie Maxey and the late Ron Gibbons. Little did I know then that I would end up succeeding Ernie as President of the Marquetry Society!
In 1995 a job relocation brought me to Staffordshire and I displayed a selection of my work at the local horticultural show. There was sufficient interest to form the Staffordshire Marquetry Group, which I am pleased to say continues to grow and flourish.
Finally, in early 2009 a combination of redundancy and the economic recession proved enough of an incentive to try self-employment making marquetry ... QJS Marquetry was born!