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. On leaving school, Ernie was apprenticed to a boat-builder in the days when boats were still built with wood, and then spent two winters in the south of Jordan on his National Service. He took a correspondence course to become a woodwork teacher and in 1961 obtained a job in Woking, Surrey and, with a frequent train service to London, often visited shows and exhibitions. At a Do-it-Yourself exhibition, the Marquetry Society had a stand and Ernie noted there was a marquetry group at Guildford, a couple of stations down the line from Woking. An elderly lady held the meetings in her spacious flat and Ernie went along with a photo of a boat that he thought of doing and was given the veneers and shown how to go about the work and took the completed picture to the following meeting and went on to become a stalwart of the Marquetry Society for which he was the Editor of its magazine, ‘The Marquetarian’ for well 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 those who knew him would always be impressed for his relentless quest to find the most successful techniques for preparing many of the difficult section timbers prior to sectioning on his treasured microtome. He lived at 63 Church Lane, Sproughton, Ipswich, Suffolk. The author of ‘A Guide to Wood Microtomy: Making quality microslides of wood sections’ and ‘Marquetry - A Beginner's Guide’ and his interests were many and varied and his microscopy expertise also extended to the production of micro slides of insects. He ran the Sproughton Marquetry Group in his home village of Sproughton and where he died on 26 February 2014.

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