In the Workshop

Soundbox is almost complete
Soundbox is almost complete
The back lining has been glued in place and notched. An open box (guitar soundbox without back) is a thing of beauty for a luthier with pride. It'll never been seen, but we know it's there

Open (arched) harmonic bars
Open (arched) harmonic bars
In contrast, this guitar is a Jeff Elliott-style Hauser. It has open, arched tonebars where the fan braces pass through. The round patches are reinforcements in case I decide to put in soundports.

Jeff Elliott's soundboard
Jeff Elliott's soundboard
Here is the same soundboard design by Jeff himself. This picture was taken during a consult with him. Well worth it for any serious luthier …

Purfling and binding
Purfling and binding
Once the back has been glued on, the whole body gets routed for purfling and binding. As you can see, the side gets routed all the way down to the tweenos. This step has a huge "pucker-factor"! A major mistake here could ruin the guitar.

Mitering the tailgraft recess
Mitering the tailgraft recess
After the binding and purfling are glued in, the process of creating a tailgraft begins. Here I'm carefully slicing small sticks of figured wood so that they meet at around 45 degrees, mitered corners.