I wanted a design that’s predominantly wood so that:
One, I can match it to the tonewoods used.
Two, I can vary the shape to complement the head design.
I feel that the tailpiece needs to be anchored to the mandolin firmly rather than use the violin style “gut” fastener that is sometimes used with wooden tailpieces.
So, I’ve gone for a design that has a brass base/fixing which is “housed” in hardwood.
Here's the base plate before bending-
Hopefully, the aesthetics speak for themselves; so here's the function part!
The strings pass through holes in the wooden body- this has the effect of dampening them, so that they don’t vibrate and buzz like they can on some metal designs.
This tailpiece is going on to Standard II hence being made from rosewood and koa and the sloping end to match the headstock, however, this won’t be a regular component on the Standard as it’s a good days work to make. It will be used on the more expensive twin-point.