Getting my feet wet on this whole “vlogging” thing. I should have turned the lamp off. Oh well. The take was too nice to trash. My arrangement of “Wild Mountain Thyme”, or “Holy is His Name” when I play it in church, either way a timeless Celtic melody. Performed on the most recent guitar built by me.
I’ve started transcribing this into notation. As soon as it is done, I will post it here.
My attitude towards rosettes is pretty simple: Any hardwood and veneer that has an interesting look is fair game. I like to use natural hardwood veneers for the ring lines and for herringbones. I inlay directly into the top in stages: Route channels for hardwoods and/or herringbone, glue those in, let dry and level. Then rout channels for the veneer lines, glue those in, let dry and level. Mary and I were in a hardwood store a few weeks back. The spalted maples they had just did not have much in the way of “inking”, which is precisely what makes those look interesting. They did have a block of spalted tamarind that had very nice inking, but it was not big enough to yield continuous circles. It sure made for nice tiles, though:
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The simple things often are exactly what works the best. This is the same workboard I have used for joining plates since day one of my adventures in lutherie. It just works, so why change? Dig my weights:
……sometimes, mother nature all on her own can provide one with the best mechanics and aesthetic. Other times, she can kick one right in the groin. In this case, a couple of ugly knots appeared in this neck blank after a half a mm thicknessing.