quite a few things going on in the workshop at the moment. John’s koa guitar is
looking really good- I’ve just about finished applying the French polish and it
now needs to fully harden before the bridge goes on.
of which, here is the bridge; it’s made from Brazilian rosewood to match the
head overlay. This too is beautiful wood; I’ve got a fair number of Brazilin
rosewood billets which I got hold of in the 1970s and never used. The trouble
with luthiers is, we put stuff aside for “something special” and expire before
that day comes! So I’ve decided to start using it!
between applying polish to John’s guitar, I’ve been putting Alan’s twin-point
mandolin together. You can see the body below- yet more beautiful cocobolo with
a red spruce soundboard. Without doubt, the twin-point mandolin has become my
most popular instrument and (without blowing my trumpet, pardon the musical
pun) because I’m willing to incorporate custom features, no two are alike.
also been cutting abalone- lots of little diamonds for the rosette on Charlie’s
twin point mandolin. The photos below
give an idea of how I cut them.
Whilst I was in the mood I also cut the N logo
for the head (and for the following two mandolins!)
ago I was thinking about phasing the N logo out, but everyone who orders from
me likes it, so it stays. It is however, gradually changing shape. Whenever I
cut one, I don’t use a template, I draw it straight on to the shell. I like the
idea of each one I make looking the same but being different; like your own
signature. Each time you sign your name your signature has its distinct
characteristic, but each version will be subtly different. The logo is
gradually getting slimmer- so here’s the next three.
Labels: Handmade mandolin, Koa guitar, Luthier, Nava mandolin