Ivory Inlay
Ivory inlay jig

   The process for doing the abalam background on the bay guitar is the same that I used on this rosette, but in this case the background is mammoth ivory. The material was supplied by the customer; the bridge blank was thick enough to get a nice slice from for inlay.

Ivory Done
   The tiles are made up with plexiglas wherever the background will be, sliced from the logs, and glued in with hot hide glue as usual. Then the plexi pieces are drilled, and some acetone dropped in to dissolve the CA glue that they were assembled with. When the glue is soft the plexi piece can be popped out, and replaced with a piece of ivory or shell background such as you can see in this shot down near the tweezers. In this case small triangular sticks were made to fill in the corners, yielding the finished rosette.
Ivory Bridge
   Here’s the bridge itself, and, yes, the pins and saddle are mammoth ivory too.
000 With Ivory000 Back
   The guitar has a red spruce top, with figured walnut back and sides.
Owl Inlay
   I used some of the same ivory for the owl inlay on the headstock
Recurved Bevel
   This guitar also has a ‘recurved bevel’ cutaway. The bevel cut is a fairly new thing, as far as I can tell, and usually it’s done with pointy ends. That didn’t flow as nicely as I wanted, so I’ve made mine with recurves. It’s tricky to get things to tie in right, and the purfling takes some time, but it sure looks good.
Zen Close
Zen Open
   The first instrument I used that bevel cut on is one I think of as the ‘Zen master’ since it’s ‘one with everything.‘ It’s a terz, tuned a third high, with bass harp strings, multi scale, a bevel cut and arm rest, and a ‘wedge’ body. Here are a couple of shots of it being assembled. For some reason I didn’t get any pics of it done! I should be able to remedy that soon.
Cutting Bevel
Bevel Cut
   Here’s how I cut the bevel, and the bevel itself as I was cutting the purfling in.
                                                    Beast on stand The Beast
   That was my second harp guitar. The first was ‘the Beast’, and I’ve been thinking about that one for a long time.