This is an insight into my instrument making workshop. Guitars, mandolins and other fretted instruments, built to the highest standards by hand.
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Sunday, June 17, 2012
In The White
week, before any polishing takes place, I got Alan’s twin-point playing (and
very nice it is too!). Once I’m happy with the way the mandolin plays, I take
it apart again and start the finishing process.
blog followers will know that this process starts with grain filling. It never ceases
to amaze me how well pumice works as a filler. You can see quite clearly how
deep the grain is in cocobolo.
here it is after being filled.
Good eh? Of course the grain isn’t just filled
up with the pumice. Pumice is a fine abrasive, so whilst you are rubbing it
in, it picks up fine dust from the wood and also the shellac sealer coat. The
meths (or alcohol if you’re reading this outside the UK!) also picks up the natural
dye from the wood which colours the pumice else you’d see white filler in the
thought that I’d just high light this video that Phil (Hare) uploaded recently- you must
check out his other videos, if you haven’t already. He really is quite a remarkable
I’m Gary Nava, luthier. I make guitars, mandolins and other fretted instruments entirely by myself and by hand. I am now based in the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk Fens, after a move from Twickenham, West London. I made my first guitar when I was 14 and then went on to study instrument making at the London College of Furniture, during the 1970’s. I’ve been making them ever since!