Thursday, 14 June 2018

Necks and Frets and Holidays

Necks are carved, frets are installed leveled and polished and its time for a holiday. I am taking a week off. Yes!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Necks and Fretboards

Truing fretboards and shaping necks. one of my favorite parts of the building process. And after having done three necks I felt like I could have done more. Starting to get a routine. But now I have to do the fretwork and finish sanding and I can't wait to get these ready for finish.

Making cool Shavings

Making some cool shavings while working on the Sitka/Olivewood OM. This wood is very special and therefore in order to show the respect I have for this material I try to work it into a special guitar. I mean if you are building so few instruments like I do every single one is very special and unique of course. But now and then I get my hands on some very rare and/or beautiful material that makes me want to do a little extra. In this case I made a herringbone purfling and used "half of a herringbone" or a "rope" pattern for the purfling and rosette. Its all shopmade and it takes quite a lot of patient work to make it. Its made of all natural colours like Amarant, Padauk and Boxwood with black lines.   

Sunday, 13 May 2018

SJ Baritone

So here is the SJ Fan Fret Semi Baritone I am currently building. With the binding done and the fretboard clamped in place. Now I really need to finish it and feel how the microbevels work for the player. So far it has been a lot of work, though not as much as for example a Laskin armwrest would be, but quite a bit of added labour and I hope it adds some nice comfort to the playability.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The "edge"

I challenged myself with the idea of making a bevel/armrest on one of my upcoming builds. It is my SJ body size which is a little bit wider than the typical OM would be plus deeper sides and therefore it made sense to add some comfort to it. But my idea was to make it small. Like small enough so I wouldn't need any additional kerfing or structure within the body to support it.
My usual kerfing for the top/side joint consists of small wooden blocks called "peones". These are 5 mm in width and so I figured this will leave me 3mm of extra space to use for a second inner "binding". The binding itself being 2 mm thick this gives me 5 mm of binding and that is plenty of room for a very comfortable "edge".     

Saturday, 5 May 2018


 Doing the binding on the 00 Parlor. I use an ebony binding with a simple black and white purling line. 

Friday, 27 April 2018

Making Boxes

Making the boxes for my Semi Baritone and 00 Parlor guitars. This work is one of my favorite parts. Weeks spent making the tops, backs and necks and then all of a sudden within days it looks like a guitar. It always amazes me.