A guitar, ukulele and mandolin!
I’ve also completed construction of Morgan’s uke.
Shaping the neck was interesting I tried using one of these little chaps on the heel.
I think that you can tell a lot about a luthier by the heel on his instruments and it’s often an area that I look at closely on others’ guitars; some are very clumsy, lumpy and poorly finished. I’m slowing moving towards a conical shaped heel that takes its inspiration from early parlour and romantic guitars.
Below is the heel of Shelly’s guitar (as in poet) that I was fortunate enough to examine at the Bodlien Library a few years ago. See where I’m heading?
Jill’s Mandolin IV
Jill’s mandolin is progressing nicely too. With the sides bent, I’ve been working on the points. To join the two side pieces together I shape a piece of cedar; I made up this simple sanding jig to ensure that the cedar fits perfectly.
The soundboard is being braced and below you can also see the wonderful quilted maple for the back.