IVES, Ernie

1934 - 2014

Ernie Ives

Ernest Herbert Ives, was born at Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex in 1934, son of Herbert Philip Ives (5 March 1909-1979), a barge mate & rigger, and his wife Alice R. née Cardnell (born 18 June 1913), who married at Maldon, Essex in 1933 and in 1939 were living at 4 Ditney Road, Burnham-on-Crouch. Educated at Burnham Council School and on leaving, Ernie was apprenticed to a boat-builder when boats were still built with wood, and then spent two winters in the south of Jordan on his National Service. Taking a correspondence course to become a woodwork teacher and in 1961 obtained a position in Woking, Surrey and, with a frequent train service, often visited London shows and exhibitions. At a Do-it-Yourself exhibition, the Marquetry Society had a stand when Ernie noted there was a marquetry group at Guildford, Surrey which was a couple of stations from Woking. An elderly lady held the meetings in her spacious flat when Ernie, with a photo of a boat that he thought of making, was given the veneers and shown how to work and taking the completed picture to the following meeting. He went on to become a stalwart of the Marquetry Society being the Editor of its magazine, ‘The Marquetarian’ for over 25 years. Ernie’s expertise in the field of wood microtomy and for the production of high quality section slides, was known throughout the world and for his relentless quest to find the most successful techniques for preparing many of the difficult section timbers and his microscopy expertise also extended to the production of micro slides of insects. He lived at 63 Church Lane, Sproughton, Ipswich. The author of ‘A Guide to Wood Microtomy: Making quality Microslides of Wood Sections’ and ‘Marquetry - A Beginner's Guide’. He ran the Sproughton Marquetry Group in his home village of Sproughton and where he died on 26 February 2014.

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