Written by Marty November 2, 2011
Blog #26 Binding Time
Hello! We officially had our first snow here in upstate New York.. winter is coming. I have to say, I do enjoy the seasons...In the workshop, I continue to work on another mandolin. Now that the ledge is finished, it is time to put the binding on. I always start at the scroll area. I use this contoured shaped black/white binding to make a neater finish in the tighter scroll area. I try to carve the pieces as close to finished before I install. I use a #20 Stew Mac glue for the tight areas, and follow up with a #16 Weld Bond in the long stretches. Along with the black/white, I am using the Ivoroid binding too. I find that the Ivoroid binding makes for a nice crisp line. It also holds true to Loar standard.
On another note... We have started planning for our next festival that we will be attending. We plan on setting up a booth at the next Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, Mass. in February. I will give more details on that as they are worked out and it gets closer to the festival date. Hope to see many of you there!
Until next time,
shaping the point
binding in scroll
finishing out binding
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