I love spalted wood, especially spalted Maple. My affection toward this unique combination of color and pattern goes back to the 1980’s, when I became introduced to the work of James Krenov. In 1983 a friend and I discovered a huge spalted Maple tree, in the woods to the rear of a house we were […]
Its not often that a luthier has the opportunity to work on a pre-war Martin. This 1932 0-18 parlor guitar needs a crack repair and a neck reset. Great care must be taken when working on such an old and fragile guitar. Get out the hot hide glue.
It is always exciting to arrive at neck setting day when working on a new build. Several weeks of careful work precede setting the neck: Rosette making; bending and boxing; bindings and purflings; inlay work; voicing and tuning; all separate skills that combine as the work progresses to make a work of art that looks […]
Work continues on the Rosewood Kingston Jumbo this week, with the gold Mother of Pearl and Abalone fretboard inlay work. These crown type position markers are beautiful and I love the old-school appearance that calls to mind the Gibson SJ-200 and other classic acoustics. While there are many modern hand builders who’s work is both […]