I’ve been pretty busy in the workshop these days and I’m very grateful for that. I’m currently working on Victoria’s guitar, a bouzouki in Spruce and Cocobolo as mentioned below, and a mandolin in Cedar and Indian Rosewood. All the sides are bent and the blocks glued to the bouzouki and the mandolin. The top and back are also braced and ready to be carved once the sides are completed. I’m having a lot of fun with these instruments and I’m very excited to see how they turn out!
I have been working on a bouzouki in Spruce and Cocobolo lately. It’s being made for a very talented carpenter. When he came to talk woods and try some of my instruments, we spoke about the wonders of wood and how much we both enjoy crazy grain and the natural wonders of wood. As a luthier, you often come across a top which has a great tap tone but looks a little too unique for a lot of people, as I did recently. Seeing as we both love mad grain, I decided to use this piece of spruce for this bouzouki.
To add to this top, I included my first mosaic rosette. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while and I thought it fitting to use this on a carpenter’s bouzouki, as he deals with loads and loads of tiny pieces of wood a day. It’s an enjoyably challenging process, which takes more time than the average rosette, but totally worth the time! It includes eleven different types of wood: Cocobolo, Bog Yew, Yew, Bog Oak, Maple, Padauk, African Blackwood, Walnut, Mahogany, Ovangkol and Indian Rosewood. A fantastic way to use up scrap woods! I am now offering this type of rosette as an upgrade on all my instruments.