Greetings from the Workshop! I have just returned from a weekend of Salmon fishing with my oldest son and a few friends…
We caught some great fish! I’m happy to have a good amount of fish meat in our freezer now…
In the workshop, I am finishing up a lot of projects. I have mainly been working on the A-style mandolins (three in all) and the bouzouki that I blogged on last post.
I am really enjoying using Burl wood in a few parts of this instrument. Burls yield a highly figured wood that can be prized for its beauty and rarity. It can be sought after by furniture makers, artists and wood sculptors. I am using it for the binding and the rosette on the bouzouki..I think it adds a beautiful touch to this instrument.
I have just finished the tuning of the plates and the shaping of the tone bars on the mandolins. Now, I will close them up and it will be time for the binding and putting the necks in. I’ll keep you posted!
I wanted to give a little plug in this post for an event happening tomorrow evening (Thursday) October 9th at 7:00. The Northeast Woodworkers Association http://woodworker.org/ is having an instrument maker forum at the Shaker Museum near the Albany airport. I will be talking about violin making and invite you all to please feel free to come!
I look forward to visiting and talking with those that come out to listen/learn from a few of the local luthiers in the area.
Until next time,