Marquetry Magic
Artist ~ Ernest Mills ~

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Ghost Town, Berlin, NV
12.125" (30-80 cm) x 9.3" (23.62 cm)
An experimental piece to show how to use Mitered Laminate Design on the border.
This shows a 2nd generation 30/30D design. This was a rush job but the idea is there.

While most ghost towns in the West are left to the wear and tear of weather and time, Berlin is preserved by the State of Nevada. In this turn-of-the-20th-century mining camp you can peek into wooden miners’ cabins and see what it might have been like to live in these flimsy quarters. If you have any questions, a Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park ranger will gladly answer them. The self-guided tour features signs with information about the dozen remaining buildings as well as Berlin’s history. Visitors can see a 30-stamp mill where ore was processed and an assay office where the quality of the ore was determined. Inside the cabins stand dusty iron bedsteads, chairs, dressers and tables with cutlery, dishes and bottles. One cabin even boasts a typewriter—you can’t help but wonder what the owner wrote on this quaint machine. Miners without a cabin could live at the boardinghouse and travel to nearby camps via the stage line. Total production of the Berlin Mine came to $849,000 at a time when gold sold for $20 an ounce .At its peak in 1908, Berlin and its Union suburbs supported about 250 people, but three years later the area was in a permanent decline.
This piece measures 12.125" (30.80 cm) x 9.3" (23.62 cm) and was pressed onto a piece of ¼” MDF board, and backed by a single piece of Walnut veneer. It was sanded with 220 grid then 6 coats of sanding sealer were applied. It was finished with 3 coats of wipe on Gloss Polyurethane varnish and finally polished with Renaissance wax. It is 100% Scalpel cut.

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