Learning from an American Marquetry Master

Silas Kopf is being acknowledged as an American master with the James Renwick Alliance’s 2015 Master of the Medium Award and his marquetry workshops are in strong demand. Read all about it in this August update…

Artist Profile: Silas Kopf

Silas Kopf has mastered the art of marquetry and is an accomplished artist and furniture designer-craftsman working from his studio in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Originally from Pennsylvania, he graduated from Princeton University with a degree in architecture. However, realizing that the arts and fine woodworking suited his temperament better, he landed a two year apprenticeship with studio furniture pioneer Wendell Castle. He later encountered the Art Nouveau furniture of Émile Gallé and Louis Majorelle. He decided to master marquetry to create a signature style and establish his niche in the studio furniture field.

Marquetry Kahuna Silas Kopf’s Flukelele

Now, Silas Kopf is a serious artist with an irrepressible whimsical streak, and a conventional tenor uke seemed a tad boring. So, why not blend his frosty New England-Atlantic origins with his balmy Hawaiian-Pacific inclinations? Hence the “Flukelele” was born.

Silas Kopf Joins Inlay-Arts.com’s Charter Artist Roster

Demystifying marquetry and bringing it into the 21st Century is welcome and timely. It’s wonderful that the person who’s ‘best at it’ is open to sharing his uncommon vision. Wendell Castle, designer and furniture artist No other marqueteur uses so successfully the art of trompe l’oeil, with a great richness of wood species and color, […]