" My name is Marlene Stockdale. Marquetry was a new venture for me in February 2011. From icing wedding cakes and piping tubes to using a scalpel and working with wood was such a different medium and would I like it?
My first attempt was the Horse's Head. On reflection, this was not too bad, but nothing like the work of the experienced members. This was a bit daunting, but having completed my first project, I moved on to another.
My next project was a boy and girl looking out to sea. In my opinion this was a much better piece of work. I feel that I had gained a little experience and was getting used to the veneers. Getting to know other members and learning from their expertise was very helpful. Knowing the different veneers was, and remains a challenge.
I have been a member for three years and it is quite a nice social club with a lovely atmosphere."
Marlene became an Ex member in November 2017.