It continues to surprise me, that there is a growing trend to leave
some instruments unbound. The bindings serve the very real function of
protecting the delicate edges of the soundboard and back and to me, leaving
them out is inconceivable. Here you can see the vulnerable top edge of Heikki’s
Standard mandolin; how could I leave that unbound?
Obviously, it’s a stage which takes a fair bit of time, care
and skill to carry out, but is essential to the longevity to the instrument.
contrast with its bubinga back and sides, I’m using rosewood for the bindings, which has to be bent using the
Cloth tape is the method that I like to use to hold the
bindings in place whilst the glue dries. You can get a great deal of pressure
with the tape and ensure a good bond. The only drawback is the 10 to 15 min
that it takes Amanda and me to get it all untangled once the glue is dry!
And here’s the body
of Heikki’s mandolin; fully bound.
Labels: Nava mandolin