In the Workshop

Here's a collection of semi-random construction pictures. The shop is a great place to be; stress and worries just melt away. You know you're doing the right thing when you think you've been working a couple of hours, but it's actually been six!

Each process gets you one step closer to being able to string up the new "baby" …

Brace shaping
Brace shaping
Brace shaping is one of my favorite tasks. Running that little violin plane through quartered spruce feels great!

Joining the back plates
Joining the back plates
Here I'm joining up four pieces of Madagascar rosewood. Each joint gets reinforced on the inside, just like the centerstrip.

Neck shaping
Neck shaping
In neck shaping, symmetry is everything. A light on each side of the heel helps shade the wood for perspective …

Carving the Moorish crest
Carving the Moorish crest
My crest design evolved out of my appreciation for Moorish architecture. The crest shape is way too intricate for routing. Files and chisels, let's get at it …

Gluing the soundboard to the sides
Gluing the soundboard to the sides
The sides have now been glued to the top using little triangular "tentellones" (spanish). This guitar will be of "closed" harmonic bar design. The fans bars stop at the solid harmonic bar...