Saturday, February 18, 2017

The real thing?

Last week you saw my aluminium alternative inlay; this week- mother of pearl. Here’s the head for Andrew’s twin-point; pearl inlaid into some very nice African Blackwood.


Friday, February 10, 2017

An alternative……..

I’m sure that many of you will have heard about the latest CITES regulations, as quite a few of my instruments get exported; it got me thinking about alternative materials.
Apart from wood, I know some countries are fussy about pearl or abalone, so I thought that I’d experiment with aluminium for inlays on an electric mandolin that’s coming up soon.
I cut out this rather extreme N logo and inlaid it to some walnut-  quite a satisfactory outcome!

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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Fancy a sandwich?

 More anon………….

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Week 3!

Firstly, here’s another great video from Chris……..
This week’s work? Well, I’m still working on the finish on these two mandolins.
Whilst waiting for the mandolins to dry, I’ve also been working on the rosette for the next twin-pointer for Andrew. Here’s a sequence of photos that will give you an idea of the work involved.
 Ta Dah!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Octave Mandolin

Being a bit remiss blogging lately; I missed out on posting some photos of Philip’s Octave Mandolin. So below are some choice pictures of the complete instrument. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Year's resolution.......

A belated Happy New Year to you all. I’m aware that I’ve not done a post recently; so my New Year’s resolution will be to do one post per week, whatever it is (let’s see how long that lasts!).
This week has seen all the woodwork on the next Standard mandolin completed. Sitka, English walnut and maple. This one is for Paulo and is Portugal bound.
The next step will be to take it apart again and apply the finish.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Don’t you just love mandolins!

Here’s brilliant new video of “Mr Charlie Pig” playing “Tripping up the Stairs” on his Nava Standard Plus mandolin. Great playing! Enjoy!
And in case you’re wondering. All the constructional work on Patrick’s twin point is now complete; it’s been set-up and is now being polished. Here are a couple of photos of it, in the white, before it was disassembled.

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