Focus on Craftsmanship—Marco Terenzi
We first caught up with Marco Terenzi at the 2016 NAMES Expo in Wyandotte, MI (near Detroit) where he was displaying some of his latest projects. Marco specializes in creating beautiful, scale models of woodworking tools like handsaws, hammers, and jack planes, to name a few. He is a self described craft junkie and artist who loves working in miniature with wood and metal.
Marco just turned 26, very young for a craftsman with such skill and attention to fine detail. He attended the College for Creative Studies, a fine-art school in Detroit, where he studied art furniture, and took classes in blacksmithing and jewelry making as well.
After graduating from college, and inspired by the works of other craftsmen like Jerry Kieffer and Paul Hamler, Marco decided he wanted to try his hand at making precision scale models. He had always been interested modelmaking, but wanted to make sure that any machine he chose could replicate the finest detail down to the threads on a screw or the teeth on a saw blade. He began researching various machines that could attain the type of precision he had in mind. He finally decided that Sherline machines would help him attain his goal, and with that he bought his first Sherline package, which includes a 4400 Series Deluxe Lathe (3.5" x 17") and a 2000 Series Multi-direction Vertical Milling Machine (14" base).
When asked how he chose to begin modeling woodworking tools he said he had always loved woodworking, but he also loved the tools themselves as much as working with wood. He prefers to model everyday tools, the type you can find on a hardware store shelf, rather than an obscure one-of-kind item, because he feels that people can relate more easily to an object with which they might be familiar, like his low-angle jack planes. It took Marco over five months to complete a set of 20 jack planes, however, he said now that he has the process down he might be able to do it in two months.
His miniature tools show an attention to detail like no other. For example, he actually uses the model saws to cut wood for his miniature workshops, and he blacksmiths the hammer heads with his own scale hammers and anvil. Some of the materials used in his pieces are steel, brass, rosewood and boxwood.
He also has given classes on using Sherline tools. Recently he held a class where not only did he demo Sherline lathes, but he helped many of the participants by assisting them in setting up their very own Sherline lathes.
Marco has his own studio in Oxford MI, about 45 minutes north of Detroit, where he creates his miniature masterpieces. You can see more of his work on his website, blog or Instagram: