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AMS Member Profile ~ Dr. Robert (Bob) Fontana ~

I retired in 2008 after spending the previous 24 years as president of an electrical engineering firm designing communications, radar and tracking systems. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, and about 2 years before selling my company, I delved into woodworking as a means of letting off some needed steam. I was always fascinated by the beautiful marquetry designs on William & Mary period pieces from the 17th century, and this fascination grew into a desire to learn how to make such designs myself.
My marquetry interests took me far afield from the flower and bird designs of the 17th century, however, and I now enjoy incorporating mixed media techniques into my marquetry designs - inlays, pyrography, acrylics, crushed gem stones, and metallic gilding.

I also teach marquetry classes at The Woodworkers’ Club in Rockville, MD.
My wife and I live in Potomac, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. I can be reached at Email: [email protected] ; Tel: (301) 765-7997.  click here for a .pdf version

A Tribute to Hokusai ” - Marquetry Panels of Woodblock Prints from the Japanese Master
My marquetry jewelry box, “Tribute to Hokusai”, was chosen for both First Place and Peoples’ Choice Awards in the 2011 Northwest Fine Woodworking Box & Container Show. 

Some of my other pieces are shown below.



“Year of the Dragon” - Copper & Gold Gilded Marquetry Design 

     Hokusai’s “Kajikazawa in Kai Province" 




“Samurai with Koi” - Copper gilding and chemical patination





Mantle Clock Design in Hepplewhite Style (18th century)


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