As always, I’m playing catch-up! It’s so easy to under estimate the time that it will take you to complete a particular task. At the moment I’m filling the grain on Geoff’s OO in preparation for French polishing and it’s taking much longer than anticipated. You can see the grain on the guitar’s back before and after filling in the pictures below.
The Honduras rosewood has really deep pores to fill and this is proving to be a very time consuming process. That said, the better the grain is filled, the easier the polishing goes; an extra hour grain filling could save at least that when polishing. Although you could probably fill all the grain in one go, I tend to work over three or four days; the solvents have time to dry-off, you don’t get bored (grain filling is a tedious job!) and you come back to the guitar after a break with a fresh pair of eyes. Also, it reduces the chance of RSI- your shoulders really ache after a full day of grain filling, the continuous circular motion and the downward pressure that you have to put on the pad, gets to you after a few hours. Next step, fill the sides!! You can see Geoff’s guitar in the white,below.
I’ve just been updating my website, as I was in danger of having too many different instruments on the same page. There are now three sections,
I now offer four different models of guitars; model 1, Phil Hare Signature, parlour guitar and classical. On the mandolin page you’ll find the twin-point, model 2 instruments and another mandolin, “The Standard” which I’m currently designing. And then there’s the custom pagefor all of those unique instruments that I get commissions for.