The general term inlaying covers the practice of inletting any one material into another material of different colour or composition, but more specifically wood inlaying is divided into intarsia, in which relatively thick sections are set into suitable depressions cut in the groundwork/ substrate, and marquetry, in which the pattern is built up of veneers or materials in veneer thickness and applied to the groundwork as an overlay. Confusion often persists between the two terms, for marquetry pictures which adopt a naturalistic approach are sometimes known as 'intarsia pictures', but in practice it is better to confine the term inlay to intarsia or cut-in work, and marquetry to veneered work.
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