Monday, March 28, 2016

Bound up

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. 
To contrast with its bubinga back and sides, I’m using rosewood for the bindings, which has to be bent using the bending iron.
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.



Anonymous Toni S. Miller said...

Wow! I was really impressed with it

7:30 PM  

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