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Mark Hatcher 03-12-2021 08:52 AM

First Finish Stage
 
I have the first stage of finish on this "Tree" Josie small jumbo model:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f1c9b0e3_h.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...a2034117_c.jpg

I'm just showing the back, sides, and neck because stage two is French polishing the top. I mixed up a new batch of alcohol and blonde shellac flakes so it would be ready to start the process on Monday.

Erithon 03-12-2021 10:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 6660173)
I have the first stage of finish on this "Tree" Josie small jumbo model:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f1c9b0e3_h.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...a2034117_c.jpg

I'm just showing the back, sides, and neck because stage two is French polishing the top. I mixed up a new batch of alcohol and blonde shellac flakes so it would be ready to start the process on Monday.

Wow. In theory I would have wanted Ebony binding to frame the figure of The Tree without competing with it, but the flamed binding is really working here. Not too busy at all. Well done, Mark!

Nemoman 03-12-2021 10:42 AM

WOW--just incredible!

TomB'sox 03-12-2021 11:43 AM

I love it especially the totem pole with the two faces in it running down the center of the back, that must have been a difficult inlay job!!! ;)

Also a big fan of the binding choice. Great colors and depth.

Lonzo 03-12-2021 12:00 PM

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Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6660352)
I love it especially the totem pole with the two faces in it running down the center of the back, that must have been a difficult inlay job!!! ;)

Also a big fan of the binding choice. Great colors and depth.


Cool, I also see the faces, the upper one looks like an angry slimfaced alien with a stern look out of 2 pairs of insect eyes - and a small face directly below it, followed by a 3rd one - I like the totem idea!
The curves of the upper bout and cutaway remind me of the outer perimeter of a cowboy hat to the alien face... an alien cowboy �� ?
..and no, I am not drunk �� , just a lot of phantasy ;)

Mark Hatcher 03-12-2021 05:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Erithon (Post 6660295)
Wow. In theory I would have wanted Ebony binding to frame the figure of The Tree without competing with it, but the flamed binding is really working here. Not too busy at all. Well done, Mark!

Thanks Erithon, who would of thought that Honduran Mahogany binding could contrast so much on a Honduran Mahogany back and side set? The Fiddleback Tree on The Tree sure does though!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 6660296)
WOW--just incredible!

Thanks Nemoman!

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6660352)
I love it especially the totem pole with the two faces in it running down the center of the back, that must have been a difficult inlay job!!! ;)

Also a big fan of the binding choice. Great colors and depth.

Thanks Tom that Tree figure is mesmerizing!

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Originally Posted by Lonzo (Post 6660361)
Cool, I also see the faces, the upper one looks like an angry slimfaced alien with a stern look out of 2 pairs of insect eyes - and a small face directly below it, followed by a 3rd one - I like the totem idea!
The curves of the upper bout and cutaway remind me of the outer perimeter of a cowboy hat to the alien face... an alien cowboy �� ?
..and no, I am not drunk �� , just a lot of phantasy ;)

An alien cowboy? Yeah that Tree is mesmerizing alright!

Thanks for the comments
Mark

Guitars44me 03-12-2021 06:14 PM

Drunk Alien Cowboy...
 
Lots of faces, and I agree on the Koa binding! Looking FANTASTIC

Nice work Mr. Hatcher!!!

Carry on and have fun

Paul

ChuckS 03-12-2021 08:31 PM

That's a beauty!

cigarfan 03-13-2021 05:19 AM

Back is incredible looking! The more I look, the more faces I see. Wowsers!

OM28V 03-13-2021 09:45 AM

Mark, I love your builds. I have been a lurker here for sometime. It's truly amazing what you've accomplished with all those beautiful unique woods.

Turn the guitar upside down and zoom into the top middle section of the back to reveal a very sad Egyptian Pharoah's face and beard. Lol.. Amazing figuring on that back.

Mark Hatcher 03-14-2021 01:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 6660652)
Lots of faces, and I agree on the Koa binding! Looking FANTASTIC

Nice work Mr. Hatcher!!!

Carry on and have fun

Paul

Thanks Paul, it looks a lot like a good curly Koa binding but, actually the same wood as the back and sides, it's curly Honduran Mahogany. Of course they are both celebrity woods being the Tree and the Fiddleback Tree binding

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckS (Post 6660731)
That's a beauty!

Thanks ChuckS!

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 6660892)
Back is incredible looking! The more I look, the more faces I see. Wowsers!

It the kind of figure that never lets you feel alone playing that guitar :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by OM28V (Post 6661085)
Mark, I love your builds. I have been a lurker here for sometime. It's truly amazing what you've accomplished with all those beautiful unique woods.

Turn the guitar upside down and zoom into the top middle section of the back to reveal a very sad Egyptian Pharoah's face and beard. Lol.. Amazing figuring on that back.

Thanks for commenting OM28V and also for your kind words.

Mark

Mark Hatcher 03-22-2021 09:17 AM

Bubinga Cross Over Closing to Box
 
I'm just closing up the body on this Penelope nylon cross over:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...b4efe634_c.jpg

I feel the waterfall figure Bubinga goes great with the lines of this guitar:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...c91cc110_c.jpg

Here the top is going on to close the body:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...19403d5c_c.jpg

Mark Hatcher 03-23-2021 09:45 AM

Put a face on that puppy!
 
She's coming right along!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...62e19d4c_b.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...135c0381_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

TomB'sox 03-23-2021 10:30 AM

That will be a stunning guitar. How could it not be with Mark's touch and those woods! That Bubinga is special.

Lonzo 03-23-2021 10:43 AM

Such a nice shine
 
..to that Bubinga.. it looks like a reflection on a water surface in late light... a bit browner, ok...👌🏻


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