AMS Member Profile ~ Ernie Mills ~

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I finished cutting my first piece in January 2010. I had retired a few years earlier and took up woodturning at the club here in Sun City West. In a few years I literally got “Bowled Out” and remembered that my old boss, who had retired to San Diego, had been cutting marquetry since 1972. I gave Joe a call and the seed was sown. Since he was the North American Representative for the Marquetry Society in Britain, I quickly joined that organization. What a great bunch of marquetarians they turned out to be. I got help from many and nobody was ever too busy to help answer my questions. So please allow me to thank the following people:

Joe Monks in San Diego (mentor), Peter White the Chairman of the British Society (mentor), Alan Townsend and Margaret Bonnett (much help).

I later joined the American Marquetry Society and also found this organization to be very helpful and friendly.

Although I have used the scroll saw for other woodworking projects, I have never used it in Marquetry. I started using the scalpel and am still using it. I nominally use the ‘window’ method with many variations I developed out of necessity to achieve the effects I needed. In my British membership package I received a kit of a Harbor scene. This is the only kit I have ever made. The rest of my pieces are composed from drawing, and personal photographs that I use to create the image I want.

I was once asked what veneer I used in such and such a piece. I don’t know since I pick the veneer color from my palette of veneer colors to achieve my picture.

My other hobbies include computing, web site design, lawn bowling (in summer), woodworking, keyboarding and amateur radio (call sign WM2U). I am a retired Research Scientist, (non PhD) and ran an instrument research lab at NY State Department of Health where I designed and built ion optic devices for mass spectrometers and many other analytical instruments.

I can be reached at
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The Buttes of Monument Valley, Arizona

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The Navajo

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The Anasazi