my “N” logo, I rarely get the chance to do any inlay work. John, whose twin-point
I’ve just started, is clearly going to pamper his mandolin with various handmade
accessories, one of them is this arm-rest made in the USA by Doug Edwards.
can see that Doug has inlaid it with John’s “family tree”, so I thought it
would be a good idea to complement it with a similar head inlay.
my shape as a juxtaposition of Doug’s inlay and John’s original artwork.
design is glued on to a piece of inlay material (in this case green abalone for
the tree’s canopy) and the abalone is in turn glued to some thin plywood for
support whilst cutting.
A piercing saw is used to cut the shape out and then needle
files for the final shaping.
the shape is cut out, it needs to be inlaid into the head overlay.
inlay is in two parts, it makes sense to get the trunk aligned with the head’s
centre line first and then inlay the canopy.
remove most of the wood I use a dremel mounted in a StewMac base. As the base
doesn’t plunge, I drill a small hole to give a start point for the cutter. For
the final fitting I use engraving tools sharpened as chisels.
With the trunk fitting, it’s on with the canopy!
And here is the finished inlay....
here is the rosette for the same mandolin. It’s been a good week!
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