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emmsone 08-04-2016 03:49 PM

Killing it as usual Mark, I'm loving that slotted headstock!

Mark Hatcher 08-05-2016 03:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by emmsone (Post 5023778)
Killing it as usual Mark, I'm loving that slotted headstock!

Thanks emmsone,

I like the slotted headstock on this parlor model partly because it's lighter weight offsets the heavier Hard Maple neck wood keeping the guitar well balanced.

Mark

Mark Hatcher 08-06-2016 10:11 AM

Body Work
 
Here are a couple more pictures to show the work I'm doing around the heel. This is the next advance in my faceted front strap button arrangement. I like that button out of the way and here I've removed the cut away step that typically shows up with a traditional type heel. I've also added the sound port;

https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8833/2...ecc3a4e5_b.jpg

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8574/2...499255a9_b.jpg

More to come!
Mark

jessupe 08-06-2016 10:19 AM

Really amazing work!, love the black one.

Mark Hatcher 08-06-2016 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jessupe (Post 5025750)
Really amazing work!, love the black one.

Thanks jessupe,

I'm expecting the Black Ebony Penelope back from the finisher soon!

Mark

jessupe 08-07-2016 04:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5026051)
Thanks jessupe,

I'm expecting the Black Ebony Penelope back from the finisher soon!

Mark

cool, can't wait to see it.

Jeff Scott 08-08-2016 01:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 4887393)
This is a continuation of Hatcher Studio '16; http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...411876&page=21.....this is where a guitar really starts;

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1643/...383f46e9_c.jpg

I bring this up because I've recently had an epiphany that I'd like to share.
I've felt guilty because technology has been advancing for quite awhile for drafting plan layouts. There's CAD, Sketch-Up, Illustrator, all kinds of great ways to draw up designs and here I am like an old Luddite sitting at a drafting table. When my brother needs to do a quick sketch he reaches for his laptop not a pencil.
So here's my epiphany; Guitars aren't large, I can draw an entire guitar on this table full scale. I'm going to build it full scale so it's better to draw it full scale. So lets say I'm designing a bridge like so;

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1591/...740dfec3_c.jpg

Once drawn I can look at it this way and that until I'm happy with it's lines and size. After that it get's drawn on the wood blank and cut out;

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1668/...d1ab79d9_c.jpg

See anything familiar? It's the same pencil drawing and now I'm going to use the band saw and follow those curves again. But it's going to be easier because I've already followed those curves by hand a couple times while drawing them full scale.

I think as builders we all need to be the gate keepers for what and how we let technology in and not just reach for the next new shiny thing.

And we're off!

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1599/...cb7a51de_c.jpg

Thanks for getting through all that!
Mark

Three years ago when looking for a contractor to do a gut renovation on our kitchen, we met a local guy who has good credentials and the couple of houses we checked out of his work looked great. We went to his office to discuss out plans and desires, and he goes back to an architects drawing board to make sketches of the potential layout for out kitchen. He does not use any modern software drawing programs which is fine by me. He said the Amish builders have all the fancy computer stuff!!! :D

When the stone guy that came out to take measurements of the new base cabinets for the soapstone counters and backsplashes we were getting, we assumed he'd bring a laser guided system on a tripod to do the precise high tech way of plotting and measuring the countertops as that is what they do these day. No, he brought a tape measure, a legal pad and a pencil! :eek: In the end, the counters fit perfectly, even the various radii around the large farmhouse sink. Every corner, nook, and cranny fit perfectly up against the different cabinet configurations we had. No computers! Just, good old craftspeople who know how to do things with simple tools, and not a computer in sight. :)

Mark Hatcher 08-08-2016 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Jeff Scott (Post 5027510)
Three years ago when looking for a contractor to do a gut renovation on our kitchen, we met a local guy who has good credentials and the couple of houses we checked out of his work looked great. We went to his office to discuss out plans and desires, and he goes back to an architects drawing board to make sketches of the potential layout for out kitchen. He does not use any modern software drawing programs which is fine by me. He said the Amish builders have all the fancy computer stuff!!! :D

When the stone guy that came out to take measurements of the new base cabinets for the soapstone counters and backsplashes we were getting, we assumed he'd bring a laser guided system on a tripod to do the precise high tech way of plotting and measuring the countertops as that is what they do these day. No, he brought a tape measure, a legal pad and a pencil! :eek: In the end, the counters fit perfectly, even the various radii around the large farmhouse sink. Every corner, nook, and cranny fit perfectly up against the different cabinet configurations we had. No computers! Just, good old craftspeople who know how to do things with simple tools, and not a computer in sight. :)

Thanks for sharing that!

It's not that I'm against computers but, I am for using the best tool for the job which often isn't a computer, at least for me.

Mark

Jeff Scott 08-08-2016 11:25 AM

Yeah, it'd be tough for us to communicate to each other as we do without computers! They have their uses. ;)

J.R. Rogers 08-08-2016 04:54 PM

Stunning natural colors on that Padauk. Those colors remind me of fall. Beautiful work, Mark.

JR

Mark Hatcher 08-09-2016 04:25 AM

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Originally Posted by J.R. Rogers (Post 5028129)
Stunning natural colors on that Padauk. Those colors remind me of fall. Beautiful work, Mark.

JR

Thanks J.R.,

The color and figure on this wood will really light up when the finish hits.

Mark

ukejon 08-09-2016 05:45 AM

Beautiful guitar.

Regarding your drafting table, looks to me like you are drawing birds and not guitars......

Mark Hatcher 08-09-2016 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5028516)
Beautiful guitar.

Regarding your drafting table, looks to me like you are drawing birds and not guitars......

Thanks Jon,

Why those were, in fact, birds I was drawing. When I draw for inlays it works well to draw large and then shrink the drawing to fit. It gives you cleaner, finer and more precise lines to follow with the saw. These birds were for the Magpie Penelope crossover I made last winter with the "Tree".
Here's a couple pics of the drawing sized and worked;

https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5699/2...7a1725aa_c.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/700/21...1d711b9d_c.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5808/2...496bf9fd_c.jpg

https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5835/2...9e5a9ab6_c.jpg

I'm very proud of how that guitar worked out. So yeah I draw birds, flourishes, I'm currently trying to work out an olive wreath for a rosette.

Mark

Mark Hatcher 08-12-2016 08:27 AM

Penelope Black Ebony Model w/Finish
 
I just got the finish on this 12 fret Black Ebony/Swiss Moon Spruce Penelope model. It's just popped together here so you can get the idea;

https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8726/2...caae0b1f_c.jpg

You can see the guitar has a mildly elevated fretboard. This makes the higher frets a little more comfortable to play. I also like how it looks, particularly with my Penelope model

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8170/2...4127a0e4_c.jpg

And that Black Ebony is black! In real life there is just enough streaking to show this is not a painted guitar. The Koa neck and trim has figure that jumped out nicely with finish. I'll string this one up, hopefully, by the end of next week.

Thanks!
Mark

emmsone 08-12-2016 09:44 AM

Whoa! how shiny is that?! At first glance its looks like its a bit bling for my tastes, but actually its classy bling so it doesn't look over the top. I like it

Dave

Mark Hatcher 08-12-2016 01:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by emmsone (Post 5031529)
Whoa! how shiny is that?! At first glance its looks like its a bit bling for my tastes, but actually its classy bling so it doesn't look over the top. I like it

Dave

Thanks Dave,

There is a lot of abalone on this one but, all that black keeps it from shouting!

Mark

TomB'sox 08-12-2016 06:26 PM

WOW, that is really nice!!!!

invguy921 08-12-2016 08:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5031461)
I just got the finish on this 12 fret Black Ebony/Swiss Moon Spruce Penelope model. It's just popped together here so you can get the idea;

https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8726/2...caae0b1f_c.jpg

You can see the guitar has a mildly elevated fretboard. This makes the higher frets a little more comfortable to play. I also like how it looks, particularly with my Penelope model

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8170/2...4127a0e4_c.jpg

And that Black Ebony is black! In real life there is just enough streaking to show this is not a painted guitar. The Koa neck and trim has figure that jumped out nicely with finish. I'll string this one up, hopefully, by the end of next week.

Thanks!
Mark

Gorgeous guitar Mark. That is one of the prettier guitars I've seen. The wood contrasts are eye popping. Nice work!

jessupe 08-12-2016 11:29 PM

I wish Johnny Cash was alive to see it. What I want to know is how many kids you had to sell off for scientific experiments to get Ebony that clean in those dimensions :D, wow factor 11

ukejon 08-13-2016 07:54 AM

Such a visually dramatic guitar....I bet it sounds gorgeous as well. Great work, Mark.

Mark Hatcher 08-13-2016 09:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 5032007)
WOW, that is really nice!!!!

Thanks Tom!

Quote:

Originally Posted by invguy921 (Post 5032105)
Gorgeous guitar Mark. That is one of the prettier guitars I've seen. The wood contrasts are eye popping. Nice work!

Thank you Woody! This is the second model I've done in this combination. The first was a parlor which I felt sounded great.

Quote:

Originally Posted by jessupe (Post 5032220)
I wish Johnny Cash was alive to see it. What I want to know is how many kids you had to sell off for scientific experiments to get Ebony that clean in those dimensions :D, wow factor 11

I got lucky. A couple years ago I found a large Black Ebony board which was very black throughout and had a good ring. I was able to resaw four back and side sets. This is the second set I've used with two more sister sets to go;
https://c2.staticflickr.com/3/2925/1...44bc54f2_c.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5032398)
Such a visually dramatic guitar....I bet it sounds gorgeous as well. Great work, Mark.

Thanks Jon,
I've got high expectations!

jessupe 08-14-2016 01:58 AM

schweet...

Mark Hatcher 08-24-2016 02:50 PM

Strings are on
 
I have the strings on my Black Ebony Penelope;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8360/2...11bd127d_c.jpg

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8179/2...bcf177fc_c.jpg

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8430/2...ecaeec84_c.jpg

It's very hard to take pictures of a very black, very shiny guitar!

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7732/2...b1269e63_c.jpg

I am very happy how the elevated fretboard improves playing comfort. I really like the look also. My Penelope has a nontraditional shaped upper bout that I feel goes very well with the look of this set up;

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8230/2...10391e6e_c.jpg

The figure of the Koa neck came up well and stays up with the additional abalone;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8567/2...96a79092_c.jpg

Black Ebony, Koa, and abalone are a great combination which I kept going with on the rosette;

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8069/2...8b3363c5_c.jpg

For those who have been following along you may notice the subtle change in my bridge as it continues to evolve;

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8293/2...5c27df6b_b.jpg

I was excited to do the headstock on this one. It's the first Black Ebony sculpted headstock I've done. I'm going to try to shoot some video to give you an idea of how much motion the highlights have when you see it live;

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8209/2...c8c40978_c.jpg

https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8217/2...7c32586d_c.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

TomB'sox 08-24-2016 03:23 PM

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have officially made me fall in love with black shiny guitars with the abalone! Wow Mark, this is fantastic.

Tom

Nemoman 08-24-2016 03:31 PM

Fantastic, Mark! Abalone is not normally my thing, but this is so elegant--you've taken it to another level...

TomB'sox 08-24-2016 03:33 PM

It's very hard to take pictures of a very black, very shiny guitar!

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7732/2...b1269e63_c.jpg



Mark[/QUOTE]

Hey Mark,

There was this thread started in the general forum regarding how to take good photos of guitars for sale, maybe there is something in there to help!!!!:D:D

I love this photo, the finish is so shiny that the blue velvet looks like it is water flowing right through the guitar....amazing.....

Mark Hatcher 08-24-2016 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 5044305)
It's very hard to take pictures of a very black, very shiny guitar!

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7732/2...b1269e63_c.jpg



Mark

Hey Mark,

There was this thread started in the general forum regarding how to take good photos of guitars for sale, maybe there is something in there to help!!!!:D:D

I love this photo, the finish is so shiny that the blue velvet looks like it is water flowing right through the guitar....amazing...../QUOTE]


Tom,

That guy doesn't know what he's talking about! Look what happens when I listen to him :);

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8162/2...11ba0a57_c.jpg

Thanks for your comments Tom and Nemoman!

yoni 08-24-2016 09:17 PM

You are literally the only person causing me gas.


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jessupe 08-24-2016 10:22 PM

Super duper amazing, mind blown, perhaps the prettiest mean looking guitar I've ever seen.

ross748 08-24-2016 11:12 PM

Love the combination Mark 👍


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