Blog #27: Greetings from the Workshop! I wanted to write about a couple visitors I have had in the shop as of recently….
I had the privilege of having master craftsman Paul Sellers from Wales come and spend some time with me in shop. We were able to
talk about our lives and making a living from our craft of working with wood. I think we both have found a quality and simplicity in our lives
both working with our craft and sharing it with others that we hold in common. I have learned from him several aspects of working with
wood that have carried over into my instrument making. I counted it an honor to have spent time with him. www.PaulSellers.com
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,
Blog #25: The Ledge for the Binding
Well, its been awhile since my last blog, I was wanting the last blog to be up for awhile being a finished piece and all.. I do really enjoy creating a piece entirely by hand. It feels so natural and pleasurable. Hand tools are extremely efficient when used with skill and experience. In these next blogs, I feel to focus in on those areas in constructing a mandolin where it may seem too hard to deal with using hand tools.
I have an F5 mandolin I am working on and am now completing the ledge where the binding is set. This may seem a tough spot to use a hand tool for.. I like to use a violin scribing tool and a special chiseling device that I am developing. This works very efficiently and has no follow up work. The binding has a consistent thickness all through the entire edge.
I hope this blog will encourage makers or those who do not have access to machinery to feel more capable to create a beautiful piece of work using hand tools.
Enjoy the pictures!
Scribing top edge
Hello all.. I had said I would post some more pictures of the mandolin commission I have just finished up and so here they are.. Some of the custom specs this
customer wanted specifically for his Macica Mandolin were: Steer horn binding, sterling silver wire for bottom frets, arm rest, and engraved tailpiece. It is a beautiful
instrument and has a great sound! Enjoy the pictures!
Hello! Well, since I last blogged, the mandolin commission that I have been working on was completed and the customer is now enjoying his new Macica Mandolin. It feels good to do a thorough job and feel confident that it is truly a beautiful instrument..sound wise and artistically.
I only have one pic to show on this blog, but I will be posting more from my other camera in the next couple of days. I will add them to the gallery on my website and post a couple on Mandolin Cafe.
Otherwise, in workshop I am checking my Adirondack Spruce to see if it is dry and stable enough to start using.
I’ll write again soon,
A happy customer