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Default The rosette is underway ...

Once again, the guys are exercising their DIY thinking caps. The Turquoise dots came in a bit oversize and not wanting to wait for a smaller dots to arrive Steve put together a technique to shave the larger dots down.

This is called, make a mini lathe out of your drill press. First step: glue your dot to a dowel that can be chucked into the drill press.



Step two: Carefully sand down the spinning dot to size. They also used a fine toothed rasp for the cutting.



Step three: Release your appropriately sized dot from the dowel.



Then there are, what we are calling, the squiggle wood pieces to be cut.



Here's the roughly laid out rosette. Some of the dots appear lighter due to the flash but they are all blue except the white dots at the cardinal points. Also, the wood pieces are close, but final adjustments will be made right before they are inlaid.



Then the inlay process begins.



Now the surprise of the day ... we come to the place where Steve and Ryan feel instead of all the rest of the "stuff" is just that. They got to this point and were astounded at its simple beauty. Maybe Howard would call it wabi-sabi, but the Texans thought it was a perfect completion.



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Old 04-29-2017, 03:34 PM
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Here the green leaves have been installed as well as the dots. Steve is now relieving the area inside the penciled outline for the other wood pieces.



The squiggles have been installed and a pause as the glue dries. What a mess!



The tape is top protection for the inlay leveling process. Getting each piece down without harming the top is essential.



The rosette was "finished" but on inspection, Steve decided he didn't like the value of one of the green leaves. So quality control demanded he re-cut the piece and rout the other out. I like that quality control guy!



So here it is ... all cleaned up and looking beautiful!



And a shot with the fretboard. A whole lot of color from the soundhole to the peghead!



Top bracing is next!
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Very nice work fellas, hope your getting paid by the hour
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Wow Dennis, that is exactly what you wanted, from photoshop to your guitar! Congrats on the nice work Steve! Steady eyes and hands involved there.
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Does this actually happen in lutherie?
Usually in our shop we get paid by the month, sometimes by the season.

Appreciate the kind words, thanks!

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Egads Dennis!

What a beauty!!! Nice going fellas... VERY NICE INDEED

and it will sound at least as good as it looks I wager!!!

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Very nice indeed. I would like to know what woods you used in the band of diagonal stripes. I really like the way it fades from light to dark. Was that a stack of veneers or some other trick?
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Very nice indeed. I would like to know what woods you used in the band of diagonal stripes. I really like the way it fades from light to dark. Was that a stack of veneers or some other trick?
Thanks for checking in John. Although purchased as Lignum Vitae Steve and Ryan think this is Verawood. The herringbone in the rosette (and soon the top purfling) is formed by cutting the Verawood at 45 degrees across the transition between regular and sapwood (above the knot at the south end of the red line shown here).

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Oh wowzers! Would you look at that! Guitar art and craftsmanship at its finest.
The theme is just in time for spring too!
Thanks for following Rye. This build is definitely going to rank in terms of art, both natural (top and back/sides) and created by the awesome talent and ingenuity of these guys. One of a kind!

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Such incredible workmanship! Wouldn't dare imagine how long the inlays took
Even more astounding when remember that Larry's fretboard was accomplished twice!

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Oh man, it's coming together...! So sweet...
Thanks Dave. Appreciate your comments.

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Your revised rosette looks great, Dennis!
Thanks Kevin. What fun working thru the various renditions! And I think Steve has really done us proud.

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Stunning in every way Dennis! Gorgeous rosette, love the Madi.
Thanks Mike! I love that fact that I won't know what to do with this guitar when I get it ... gaze at the amazing beauty of it all or play!

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Stunning in every way Dennis.
Appreciate your kind words Michael!

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Hey there Travis. At the risk of a mid-build price hike, I opine that Kinnaird guitars are an incredible value. The build is tight and the tone is off the charts. As has been said before, the product is one of the best on the market.

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Wow Dennis, that is exactly what you wanted, from photoshop to your guitar! Congrats on the nice work Steve! Steady eyes and hands involved there.
Isn't that amazing. I had a lot of fun working up the mock-ups and these guys came through. Love what they have done!

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Egads Dennis!

What a beauty!!! Nice going fellas... VERY NICE INDEED

and it will sound at least as good as it looks I wager!!!
Thanks Paul! No way I would take that bet. This guitar is going to sing!
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Dennis, what a delight to see such artistic mastery being applied to grace your guitar. Can't wait to see it all together! Imagining the tone as you enjoy playing it later his year...
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Thanks for the graphics Dennis. That makes complete sense. My dear brother is a master at (among other things) decorating a guitar.
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Thanks for the graphics Dennis. That makes complete sense. My dear brother is a master at (among other things) decorating a guitar.
There you go, channeling Aunt Viola. (Admittedly an inside joke.)
But thanks to you--and all--for the very kind remarks.
Helps us make our way out to the shop each day.

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Default Inside is what counts the mostest ...

Here is a bit of where the magic happens. Adi braces are placed under the go bar and then shaved to perfection. I love how creamy that top looks! Gonna be special.





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Love a good adi top, and you're right--that one definitely looks special! Beautiful grain and creamy color to it.

What material is the bridge plate?
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