AMS FAQ, or Frequently Asked Questions document, is a resource where members
and prospective members can get information about the AMS. Additional information
can be found from a variety of sources including the AMS newsletter, from the
web site, or from our new member packet.
can join the AMS?
Anyone with an interest in marquetry may join the AMS.
my membership start on the anniversary date or is it annual?
is by calendar year running from January 1st until December 31st. When you join,
all newsletters for that year that have already been published will be sent to
you. In effect, therefore, your membership is retroactive to the beginning of
the year that you join. You have an option in the later part of a year to either
start your membership in the current year or specify that you want to join for
the New Year. If you join for the upcoming year you will receive your new member
packet shortly after joining but your first newsletter would be the Spring issue,
which is mailed in early March.
are the benefits of membership in the AMS?
-The quarterly newsletter
-Free technical advice and suggestions from recognized marquetry experts
to the complete Pattern Library
-The opportunity to exhibit your art at regional
and national shows
-A membership roster
-Knowledge of the latest techniques
and developments in marquetry
-New friendships and informational exchanges
with other marquetarians
-Discounts on marquetry supplies from certain vendors
methods are available for me to pay my dues?
At this time only personal
checks are accepted (we do not recommend sending cash through the mail). On line
payment through Pay Pal is being considered but not yet implemented.
do I know if the AMS has received my dues?
If you are a new member, you
will receive a new member packet shortly after joining. If you have not received
this packet within 30 days of joining, contact the membership officer. If your
dues are to renew an existing membership, you can check the Membership Roster
distributed with the Newsletter in March. If an asterisk appears next to your
name your dues have not been received.
do I change my address?
Please mail your change of address to the membership
is on the Board of Directors?
Each chapter of the AMS elects one person
to be their AMS board representative. Thus, the number of board members equals
the number of AMS Chapters. The list of board members is on page two of each newsletter.
does the board of directors do? When do they meet? Why should I care?
AMS board of directors' primary responsibility is to nominate and vote on officers
for the national organization. The AMS directors do not meet face-to-face. The
transaction of official business is all by Email or mail. Members of the Board
of Directors are the primary communication link between their chapter and the
all members of local chapters, members of the AMS?
Not necessarily. These
are separate organizations with separate memberships. Some local chapters require
membership in the AMS and some do not. Chapters are separate legal entities and
have their own by-laws.
do I form a local chapter in my area?
You should check page 2 of the newsletter
to see if there is a chapter in your area. If not, check your new member packet
for an article on starting a chapter. Use your AMS member listing to find other
AMS members in your area or contact local woodworking businesses to see if there
is other interest in your area. You can contact the AMS President and/or Newsletter
Editor to get the latest information about what is going on in the marquetry society.
do I get information on tools for making marquetry? Where can I get veneer for
Look in the New Member Packet or online at the Resource
Listing. Periodically an update to the Marquetry Supply Resources listing is published
in the newsletter.
is responsible for the annual AMS National Show? How are the hosting sites picked
The Exhibition Chairperson is the coordinator for the annual
show. The show site is on a volunteer basis with local chapters. Once a chapter
volunteers and is approved to host a show the AMS will help in several ways to
make the show a success.
often is the American Marquetarian published?
The AMS newsletter is published
four times a year: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Copies are usually in the
mail to members by the 14th of March, June, Sept, and Dec.
do I do if I don't get my issue in the mail or my American Marquetarian
was mangled in the mail?
Email, telephone, or mail the Editor and a replacement
copy will be sent to you.
is responsible for the AMS Newsletter?
The Editor is responsible for the
production of the newsletter under the guidance of the AMS officers and the board
much do writers get paid for articles?
The AMS is a non-profit organization
and does not normally pay for articles. Reasonable expenses in producing the article
will be reimbursed.
do I submit an article in the newsletter?
Please send a copy with photographs
(preferably in computer format but prints or slides are acceptable) to the Editor.
The Editor will judge the content and be in touch with you about your article.
The Editor has provided a guidelines for writers and photographers document which
is available on-line, in the New Member packet or by mail.
do I get my calendar item listed in the newsletter?
Deadlines for calendar
items submissions are:
-February 20th for the Spring issue, for events after
-May 20th for the Summer issue, covering events after June 10th.
-August 20th for the Fall issue, covering events after September 10th.
20th for the Winter issue, for events after December 10th.
Please send Calendar items to the Editor as soon as possible, rather than waiting
until the submission deadline.
are to include the event name, date, contact person, telephone, email, URL, and/or
a short notation.
marquetry a safe activity?
Marquetry in general is a very safe activity.
However, power tools used in cutting veneer or the substrate for mounting the
marquetry can be dangerous if used improperly or by individuals who do not respect
the power of the tool and the momentum of a spinning blade. Sometimes things happen
that can't be foreseen even if a person is very cautious. Many accidents happen
when the worker is tired.
breaks and stay alert while using any power tools. Never work in the shop under
the influence of drugs or alcohol. The technique of "sand shading" to
darken pieces of veneer often uses a very hot burner to heat the sand. Obvious
care must be taken to keep papers and wood (and your fingers) away from the burner
at all times.
do I get information on marquetry classes?
You should contact your local
craft institutions to get information on classes. Also, many instructors are listed
in the membership listing that comes out with the Spring issue of the American
Marquetarian newsletter. You may also want to check with local woodworking businesses
about local resources.
the AMS help me meet other marquetarians in my area?
Yes, the AMS membership
listing is a good place to find the addresses of others who like to do marquetry.
You should also contact a local chapter close to your area to see if they have
non-AMS members in their roster from your area.
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