Dulcimer & Mandolin w/ Marquetry Inlays

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Project by SkypilotBill posted 10-01-2012 01:38 AM 1620 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempots at doing inlays. Dulcimer has a rose on the back and three smaller red roses on the front with two additional red roses on each side of the peg head (mirror imaged to bend in the direction of the peg head. Mandolin has a white rose on peg head with a unicorn on the back. Truthfully I can’t take credit for much as the marquetry were store bought. I did have to disassemble them to do the inlays sosome of the work is mine. Dulcimer back is a walnut burl with walnut sides and spuce top. This I did make from scratch. The mandoline was given to me in rough shape which I reconditioned. I am going to keepon attemptimg more with the marquetry- I love it. But I also have a lot to learn about musical instruments. 10-12 coats of lacquer did dull the tone a bit- It sounds OK but better luck next time. Thanks for looking Remarks welcomed

-- Bill Holwig , Livonia Michigan

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 03:58 AM

I’ve never had the courage to try inlay…very cool looking!

-- DanielV85

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 06:23 AM

I haven’t tried inlays yet either. Looks good.

You may check, somewhere I am sure there are finishing techniques printed for these. As an old musician, everything you do to it effects the tone.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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