In the Workshop

Fitting the tailgraft
Fitting the tailgraft
In the picture to the right, there is a recess between the purfling lines for the tailgraft. Here, that space gets filled with a piece of Brazilian rosewood. Once hand-shaped, it gets installed with glue and tapped in …

In-the-wood vs. polished
In-the-wood vs. polished
The same area after French polishing with shellac. I love seeing it get all glossy and rich-looking!

Neck reinforcement
Neck reinforcement
The neck is sometimes reinforced for greater stiffness. The two stringers of ebony are glued in with epoxy.

Attaching the fingerboard
Attaching the fingerboard
The fingerboard gets glued on using a long, rubber-lined caul. The whole assembly usually stays clamped up overnight.

Final detailing
Final detailing
One of final steps in the woodworking phase is cleaning up and detailing the heel area. When everything flows gracefully and crisply it's almost time to start polishing (gasp!)