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This is the mandolin I just blogged. It was meant to be the first instrument for Jorge, built under my supervision. I dropped the top and cracked it, long story short, I finish this one and Jorge is quite happy to make another top and back.

Oregon….................... top
Plantion Mahogany…... neck, back and sides
Blue Gum…................. fingerboard and veneers
Solomon Blackwood…. binding
Black Plactic…............. binding

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.





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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 11:31 AM

stunning. Musical instruments are pure art and you’ve got a masterpiece here. Thanks for sharing

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 01:24 PM

Beautiful instrument Bill. Sweet looking wood and stunning build. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 02:34 PM

That is a real beauty Bill. The blog was a great read as well.
You do some very nice work and you take nice pictures as well.

“Soloman Blackwood” rang a bell for me so I looked it up and my suspicions were confirmed. I’ve been using it for a while under the name Tubi or Queen Ebony. I love the stuff and it is apparently sustainably harvested.

Beautiful things to look at are one thing but when they make beautiful music to listen to as well …... that’s a whole other level. Congrats on this one and thanks for the inspiration. You might have a contribution for the arty photos thread here somewhere???

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 03:25 PM

Stellar job on this mandolin, Bill…I commented on your blog, so I won’t repeat it here…I followed closely on this one, and it’s a beautiful piece…..Thanks for sharing your knowledge of mandolin building…...

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 04:47 PM

Really enjoyed the series! A few years ago, I helped a young man of my acquaintance build a solid body electric guitar, now his sister and her sweety are touring the country in a van, paying their way by playing music, and are saving up for a new mandolin.

I don’t really have the shop bandwidth right now to try it, but I fantasize a bit about building one for them. You’ve both satisfied some of those urges vicariously, and whetted my appetite for doing an acoustic stringed instrument build at some point.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 04:55 PM

What a beautiful result! I enjoyed the blog.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 10:36 PM

really nice work – very impressive

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 01-11-2015 10:56 AM

Thanks for the kind words every one. For those thinking of doing this sort of thing, half the battle is a sharp tool. You have to build one to find out how to do it and learn where the tricky bits are. What I’m trying to say is take the perfection pressure off and just plow through the first one with low cost materials. Like so many of the detailed woodworking things we do we’re much more knowledgeable after a practice run.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#9 posted 01-11-2015 05:19 PM

Great project and blog. Very inspirational.

BJ

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#10 posted 01-13-2015 09:09 PM

Marvelous Bill.

Thank you for the blog as well.

-- ~Tony

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