|Project by Gbluee||posted 03-16-2015 04:31 PM||1801 views||5 times favorited||20 comments|
This Mandolin was the moment in 2011 where I realized I wanted to push my woodworking passion a notch further.. I always love playing guitar and wanted to make a semi hollow body. After looking at how much this endeavour would cost me, and without knowing If I could pull it off, I decided to scale it down and make this f5 mandolin. This project has all the same features as a hollowbody would have, carved top and back, side bending, fretboard, binding, inlay… The major difference between the 2 is that the mandolin is a acoustic instrument and the hollow body is electric. I took it slow and made sure that when I had to leave it aside I did. (sometime…you just have to walk away).
I really love the Inlay work on the fretboard, My daugther had made a drawing of a flower cluster for art class, and I really like it. I ask her if I could use some part of her drawing to make this inlay. I took 3 of her flowers and then I spaced them and drew stems and leaves in between.
Top is sitka spruce,Maple back and side , ebony fretboard, and Mother of Pearl inlay.
It was so addictive that Ive made more f5 since and I also made a hollowbody.
-- Tomy Hovington