Like people, trees respond to what happens to them. What they live through creates their character. Sunlight and soil, ice and wind... All these things leave their unique mark on the inside. I work wood's diverse color, grain, and texture, patiently and meticulously, to reveal the 'inside story'. And like people, this story hidden beneath the bark is beautiful, and forever astonishing.
Marquetry is the assembly of thin slices of wood to form an image. By sawing my own veneer, I can use woods from local New Hampshire trees, responsibly cut woods from distant places, scraps from other woodworkers, and lumber milled from storm-damaged trees. I use only the natural color of the wood.
Craig Altobello was introduced to woodworking in 1978 during a workshop with designer/craftsman Thomas Moser of Maine. Ever since, he has been making furniture for his family and friends. Craig has attended workshops and seminars at Haystack School of Crafts and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine; Shelburne Art Center in Vermont; and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH.
His path to marquetry grew out of teaching middle school science, where he and his students documented their outdoor explorations through writing and art using cut paper collage. Craig saw the potential to work with the colors and patterns he saw in wood to bring “collage” to his woodworking.
He traveled to the College of the Redwoods in California to learn marquetry. The knowledge and skills gained in that course provided a touchstone experience and launched him into his current work.
Craig is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH.
33 East Hill Rd.
Peterborough, NH 03458
Marquetry woods include apple, black walnut, ebony, holly
Background wood: sweet gum
Dimensions: 10.75 x 14 inches
Marquetry woods include black acacia, black limba, black locust, black walnut, butternut, canarywood, cherry burl, goncalo-alves, mahogany, spalted sugar maple, spruce from a 2x8, tulipwood, wenge
Dimensions: 14 x 19 inches
Autumn Chickadee Jewelry Box
Box and sliding tray: butternut
Marquetry woods include black limba, black walnut, California nutmeg, ebony, holly, mahogany, plum, shedua, sycamore, tulipwood
Background wood: curly maple
Dimensions: 12.75 x 8.5 inches
Marquetry woods include black walnut, hickory (heartwood and sapwood), ebony, maple, sweet gum, sycamore, yew
Background wood: birdseye maple
Dimensions: 6.5 x 7.25 inches
Dragonfly and Grasses
Marquetry woods include black limba, black walnut, ebony, mahogany, Osage-orange, spalted sugar maple
Background wood: curly maple
Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 inches
Marquetry woods include black acacia, black locust, black walnut, bubinga, holly, poplar, plum, satinwood, sycamore
Background wood: curly sugar maple
Dimensions: 9.5 x 13 inches