Pearl Inlay Book

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By James E. Patterson
Instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl, and much more.

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Pearl Inlay Book

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By James E. Patterson
Instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl, and much more.

The bible of pearl work! The inspiration for generations of inlay artists. Reprinted from the original edition, it includes instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl; making jigs for cutting dots, diamonds and strips; abalone purfling techniques, and tips on pearl engraving.

Pearl Inlay Book is included FREE with these tool kits:
Pearl Cutting Jig Set
Essential Engraving Kit

Contents in brief

  • Safety; getting started
  • Inlay materials
  • Producing shell blanks
  • Sawboards and other tools and materials for sawing
  • Preparing the inlay surface
  • Tools and materials for cavity routing
  • Routing inlay cavities
  • Gluing inlays
  • Cutting and inlaying abalone border strips; binding and purfling
  • Engraving mother-of-pearl
  • Other inlay techniques
  • Selecting and working with shell

81 pages, softcover.


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great for making DYO tools for inlaying

By Luis Garc+¡a-Casc+¦n from Madrid, Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 08, 2010


Really complete book, with plenty of templates to build your own tools, and gadgets for inlay work. I only missed some color pics, but it is a really good book. I learnt a lot with it.

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