Italian language and cultural school for foreigners
Wood inlay
“Firenze nell'Arte”

Wood inlay workshop

Wood inlay is a type of decoration that is created by putting together small pieces of various types of wood or other materials.

Already widespread in the fourteenth century, between 1440 and 1550 it reached its maximum splendour, developing what André Chastel called "cubism of the Renaissance."

The technique is based on the contrast between the various shades of colour of the wooden dowels, different varieties are also combined with metal foils, silver, mother of pearl flakes, ivory, tortoiseshell, etc.

The cuts are made using a fine hacksaw and carefully following the spirals and curves of the design. This way various pieces known as "excavations" are obtained, sometimes very fine, which constitute, in the completed fretwork, the "depressions" for the reconstruction of the original design.


Boring-counter boring inlay

The programme includes the creation of a floral pattern inlay made with the traditional technique and carried out with the use of three veneers through the following stages: preparation of the design, assembly of wood, cutting with hacksaw; assembly and sandblasting, gluing with animal glue, cleaning and grouting, French polishing with swab.

Inlay with India ink

Inlay with a classical motive from the 1500s made with use of two veneers and elaborated again with a fine brush and India ink during the polishing phase.

Geometric inlay

Creation of geometric composition with the use of various veneers. Cutting is carried out with skiving knife.

Perspective inlay

A landscape or architectural design work with use of veneers must be carried out. Cutting is carried out with the same approach used for geometrical work and done with the use of skiving knife.


For every 24 hours 950

Prices valid upon enrolment for all course commencement dates

Course start dates

2022 2023
Jan 3, 17, 31 Jul 4, 18
Feb 14, 28 Aug 1, 16, 29
Mar 14, 28 Sept 12, 26
Apr 11, 26 Oct 10, 24
May 9, 23 Nov 7, 21
Jun 6, 20 Dec 5

National holidays observed in the year 2022:
6 January, 18 April, 25 April, 2 June, 24 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 December.

Jan 9, 23 Jul 10, 24
Feb 6, 20 Aug 7, 21
Mar 6, 20 Sept 4, 18
Apr 3, 17 Oct 2, 16, 30
May 2, 15, 29 Nov 13, 27
Jun 12, 26 Dec 11

National holidays observed in the year 2023:
10 April, 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 December.

Course enrolment

Materials are not included in the price and will be agreed upon at the beginning of the course.

The 24-hour course can be spread over 2 or more weeks.

All courses are taught in Italian.

Registration includes the placement test, the accommodation search service, certificates and a few cultural activities.