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Old 04-27-2015, 10:24 AM
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Happy birthday, Mark!

Monday birthdays are always a bit blue but I hope you have a great day and wish you plenty of fancy guitar builds in the year to come.
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Is that right! Well, Happy Birthday old man! Just remember, your years will never catch up with mine.

Sure hope you enjoy your special day!
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Happy Birthday, Mark!

Always a treat looking at your build pics!
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Blessed birthday Mark, may the year ahead be a fruitful one for Hatcher Guitars. Thanks for always sharing your builds, photography and knowledge with us!
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have a great birthday Mark.
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Very Happy Birthday Mark, at least it is 50 degrees today!!!!
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Happy Birthday Mark! And many, many more sir!
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Happy Birthday! Hopefully, the black flies haven't hatched yet...
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Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. It was a good year for me and my business. I really appreciate the sense of community I feel here and how it has grown since I first joined several years ago. I'm making some good friends here!

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Here are some photos of the wood selection for the rosette on the black ebony parlor. With black back and sides and a very white top the abalone and Koa will really stand out so it's important to pick very nice looking Koa wood. For the rosette there will be a ring of Koa bordered by abalone and ebony. We are going for a mottled figure in the Koa because I want it visually non-directional and to go with the jewel like look of the abalone.
Where do you find mottled figured Koa?

Here is a picture of a piece of Koa with bark which is called a live side. You can see the bark, the lighter sapwood, and inner heartwood:



If we scrape the bark off we get this:



When we slice this up we get some very promising candidates:



As an aside, this last picture looks like a plate of chocolate chip cookies to grazing livestock . This is one of the challenges in keeping Koa trees growing in Hawaii. Grazing animals love to chew the bark and soft sapwood off the living trees. Once the sapwood is cut around the base of a tree, it's dead.

This is pretty soft wood but will work wonderfully for what I want in the rosette:








On another note: All of those Brazilian Rosewood small jumbo Josies are starting to come back from the finisher. I got the first one back which has the Adi top and Bloodwood trim. I'm very happy how the Bloodwood is working with the red grain color in the BRW. Here are a couple initial pictures:





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Gorgeous work as usual Mark!
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Intriguing look to the Koa (under the bark). Can't say I have ever seen mottled figure like that in Koa before. Awesome! Almost looks like some Curly Mahogany I've seen. What are the striations running across the finished rosette? Saw marks? Will those disappear with final sanding?
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Intriguing look to the Koa (under the bark). Can't say I have ever seen mottled figure like that in Koa before. Awesome! Almost looks like some Curly Mahogany I've seen. What are the striations running across the finished rosette? Saw marks? Will those disappear with final sanding?
Thanks swiftz07 and Cigarfan,

That's something cool about Koa, there is a lot to be found if you poke around enough. Those lines on the rosette are just sanding lines from the thickness sander, it's not finished yet, there's a lot more sanding before it's ready for finish!

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Old 04-29-2015, 04:16 PM
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