Decorative inlay bandings are signature components of many different styles of furniture built in the 18th and 19th century. In this concise video overview, Jeff Williams, Irion Company’s inlay specialist, shows samples of the inlays he has made and discusses where and how they were used. There are many different styles featuring a wide assortment of wood species; mahogany, satinwood, cedar, ebony, and holly. Each of these samples where once part of the process of restoring a prized antique or in making a period correct reproduction of a historical masterpiece. Even if you never intend to be an inlay specialist, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the intricacy and beauty of each sample Jeff displays. — Keith (4.5 Minute Woodworking Video)

The Irion Company specializes in the restoration, conservation, and hand-made reproduction of American antique furniture from the 18th and 19th century. Jeff Williams specializes in period correct Federal style furniture with an emphasis on veneering, inlaying, and marquetry.

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Mark MacMullen

Amazing craftsmanship and a truck load of patience.

Nice variety of inlays! I’m really impressed, as the decorative inlays I’ve made always took a lot of time and patience — and I haven’t made any quite as detailed as some of them that Jeff had produced.

Thanks for video. Its inspiring me to tackle some decorative inlay project!

John Pringle

Does anyone know what the traditional name for a maker of inlays or his trade is/was, and was it a separate trade from cabinetmaking? Thanks. John

Keith’s Note: Good questino John. I’ll ask around too. But if viewers have any ideas, please comment here.

John – I’ve got an answer for you regarding what was the name given to the maker of inlay. Irion Company President Todd Felpel tells me that “The proper name used now and in the past was simply ‘inlaymaker'”. — Keith Cruickshank

IC Chestney

I am really enjoying these dvds and learning a lot. Thanks. IC


Terrific video, thank you. I have had an interest in inlay for some time but could not imagine how the various pieces were assembled.

Pheroz Tengra

I had contemplated using inlays, however after seeing you video — It is the best, detail video that I have seen. Thanks for showing how to make the cutter, and also tapering the inlay string. Like others, I would also like to see how curves are done.