Here (as promised) are the first few stages of fitting the
purfling and bindings to Ian’s guitar. It’s a slow process! You can see how the
two different rebates are cut around the top edge (and then repeated on the
back) one for the purfling and the deeper one for the binding.
router is used for much of the rebating, the sections near the points have to
be cut by hand; first using a purfling cutter …………
Other details such as the slot for the end graft are also cut by hand.
Now, in my blurb for my “Standard” mandolin, I say that, “Time is the most
expensive component of any handmade instrument” and this small piece of detail
work (the end graft) is a good demonstration of that- there’s about 3 hours work here!
The purflings have been going on piece by piece and with
them all glued in place, the bindings are next. I’m using ebony; it never
ceases to amaze me how well ebony bends….
And a bit more time, waiting for glue to dry...........
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