At the present, the manufacturing line of Cuomo’s Lucky Store is still based on the ancient technique of marquetry, usually known as inlaid, and offers very high quality products.
The typical marquetry of Sorrento has an own ancient origin. The popular tradition ascribes the birth of this art to the technique developed by the Benedictines monks in the convent of St. Agrippino in Sorrento, during the VI – VII century.
The monks used to inlay and carve wood in the workshop of their monastery generally employing local timbers –i.e. walnut, olive, orange, lemon, cherry, pear, mulberry – whereas mowadays many other sorts of wood are available – i.e. walnut briar, palisander, sequoia briar, ebony, poplar briar, maple amarath, elm briar, padouk, bobinga, peroba, tulipe, afromosia, avoidre, etc.
So. Thanks to the large variety of disposable woods in addition to the use of new shearing machinery as well as the help of other modern tools, like the double ended cross cut saw, you can obtain very thin shim veneers (mm.0,6) and also inlay simultaneously many linings together, so that these cut linings form the ground of the inlaid work, usually gloomier than the decoration obtained using brighter timbers.
Recently, since the evolution of customers’ taste, bright timbers are used as ground as well. Actually, marquetry is obtained by stratifying linings of bright and dark woods in alternation.
Then the inlayer overlaps the pattern of the decoration to obtain on the top lining. Successively he performs the decoration by using the saw, while cutting the stratified veneers, automatically, and obtaining the different coloured bits of inlaid wood, which fitted together give the decoration desired.
Moreover, to accomplish blending, especially in floral designs, part of the inlaid bits performing the final decoration undergoes a preliminary treatment consisting in burnishing the bits to the blended into a sandblast room.
As regards decoration reproducing views the inlayer initially proceeds according to the basic technique above descripted, than introducing a variant, whose main characteristic consists in substituting the use of orange wood lining reproducing sky and rot lemon wood reproducing sea for the contrasting ground.
After that, the parquetry, chief characteristic of our products, is fixed to massive or laminate frameworks made in our joinery section. Than the manufacts pass through the smooth and polish stages which give our products that typical characteristic brilliancy, particularly thanks to special varnishes, like polyester varnish that let our products satisfy the taste of our customers.