I’m often asked, “How many instruments do you make at a
time?” Well, at the moment there are four on the go. As all of my instruments
tend to be custom built, I never have the opportunity to build them in batches.
So, although four might be built at the same time, they are still treated as
individual, unique instruments.
There are stages in making when you might spend an hour or
so fitting or joining two components together, they’re then glued together and
ideally left until the next day to thoroughly dry. Also, I feel that if you
thickness a piece of wood, for example, from 5 to 2.5mm it’s sensible to allow
it to rest/acclimatise before going on to the next stage.
So, at the moment the day starts by lightly sanding Ian’s
guitar which then has polished applied at various intervals throughout the day.
In between those intervals other things happen……..
Maybe the fingerboard is fitted and glued on to Alan’s
mandolin; the next day the fingerboard will be sanded level and cambered, the
position dots glued in and cleaned up and fretted the following day.
The linings have been going into the rim of David’s
mandolin; 8 individual pieces are bent, but only two can be glued on at a time,
in other words they go in over the course of 4 days.
Similar is true of the bracing; one or two pieces at a time…….
And then towards the end of the day I’ve been making up the
neck blank for Jeff’s walnut twin point. Here you’ve got three stages over
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