Friday, August 22, 2014

Phil's back

Just glued the back on to the rim of Phil's twin-point mandolin;quite liked this photo!

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Friday, August 08, 2014

42 Holes!

42 holes, drilled as accurately as humanly possible! Beginning the next batch of mandolin tailpieces.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Phil’s Rosette

The ugly duckling now emerges as a beautiful swan!

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Saturday, August 02, 2014

Navazouki Part 4 and more!

With all the woodwork done and having set-up Adrian’s Bouzouki, I’m now ready to apply the finish and that’s what the next video is all about.
In between coats of shellac, I’ve been working on Phil’s twin-point mandolin. I’m making him a dot and diamond rosette. One of the trickiest parts is cutting the diamond shapes; I had a day cutting various inlays a couple of weeks ago, so it was nice just get the diamonds off the shelf and get on with the rosette.
Below you can see the dots and diamonds carefully placed waiting to be filled  with “mastic.”
Of course, back in the day, natural resins, hide glue etc. would have been used, these eventually shrink and the inlays fall out. My “mastic” recipe is epoxy resin with a mixture of ebony dust, earth pigment and a touch of black ink.
We now go through the ugly duckling stage……………
I like to end the blog with a cliff-hanger!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Zouk in progress part 3

As promised earlier in the week, here is part 3 of Adrian’s Irish Bouzouki build.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

All work and no play......

This week has seen the neck of Adrian’s zouk carved: oh my, it’s long!
I have seven different spokeshaves and for some bizarre reason, when I’m shaping a neck, one of them always seems to work better than the others on that particular neck. This is the one I used on the zouk, you can see that it had worn so much that I added a rosewood insert!
I wear a leather apron when I shape a neck; not essential luthier kit, but I find that if I don’t,  because I use myself as a clamp, I end up with a bruised belly!
We’ll be making "Zouk the Movie part 3" tomorrow so more soon…..

On a very different note we had a great day out at the Parson Drove Custom Car and Bike Show. We had been meaning to go for the last few years but as Jacob and Luke were up here with us it was the perfect excuse! Here are a few select photos…..





When you look at these machines, the care, love, passion and attention to detail is incredible and although my medium is wood and theirs is metal you can’t help feeling that you are amongst kindred spirits.
 In spite of trying to introduce Jacob to American muscle cars, it’s clear that he prefers a British classic.
Whilst there I splashed out and bought myself this……
Can you guess where I’m going with it?

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Zouk in progress: Part 2

Here’s the next instalment of Adrian’s 'zouk build. We’ve just bought ourselves a new video camera and we’re really pleased with the results!

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