Blog #12:Points between the Binding

Blog #12:  Points between the Binding

Hello! Hope everyone is staying cool…its in the 90’s in our area!  Well, When I am finishing up the points

between the binding I like to use Ivory or Wooly Mammoth.  It is nice to use this material because

each one of my mandolins are special and one of a kind, yet still respecting Loar and his model.  Because

I don’t work in such high volumes, I am able to use very fine materials.  Take Care,  Marty

Cutting ivory

Cutting Ivory

cutting point

cutting point

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Blog #11:Finished binding and Flattening the Fingerboard

Blog #11: Finished binding and Flattening the Fingerboard

Howdy all! Well, I have finished all the steerhorn binding on the commission

instrument that I am working on… and soon it will be time for varnish.  This

is the part where it seems like a lump of clay and there is a beautiful mandolin

under all those rough edges.

I also will be putting the frets in shortly.  Right now I am doing step two

of the flattening process…which involves flattening the ebony fingerboard

and binding and then pressing the frets in.  Still working on some re-finishing

repairs as well.  I am also building a brick planter to the right of the workshop porch

area. I will send pics when it is finished!

Keep on pickin!  Marty

finished with binding

finished with binding


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Blog #10: Putting on the Fingerboard

Blog #10:  Greetings!  Putting on the fingerboard  in the workshop.  I have a three step process that I feel makes for excellent action:

Step 1:  Flatten the neck where the fingerboard will be glued.

Step 2:  Glue fingerboard on without fret or binding and then flatten again.

Step 3:  Put binding and frets in and flatten one more time.

This three step process ensures great action, no fret buzz, and no fingerboard extention dip.  Playability and intonation play a very large part in having an excellent mandolin.  Until next time,


Inserting truss rod

Inserting truss rod

Clamping on fingerboard

Clamping on fingerboard


Blog #9;Positioning the Fingerboard

Blog #9:  Greetings from the Workshop!  Today I am positioning the fingerboard using small pins where the fret slots are.

It is the same way I position the back and top on a violin, so I can always get perfect positioning when glueing.

I am also drilling out the truss rod adjusting hole with my small hand drill.  I just love using hand tools!

Until next time,



Blog #8: Gallery Images

Blog #8:  Hello all!  Just a short blog to let you know we have added more images to our website under Gallery and Workshop-Mandolins..  Feel free to check them out!

Many of the new photos added are of the quartet I was commissioned to make from a customer and friend in Hartford, Connecticut.  Also, if you have not checked out the store part of the website, there are new photos there as well.  I will write again soon!