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Old 02-28-2019, 12:24 PM
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Porefiller and sealer are on the Jmat 000 "Tree" porn box:



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Looks FANTASTIC Bruce...
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Hey that does look pretty good! Certainly different from the stack of wood Bruce and I tapped and explored.
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Bruce, love the look of that Mahogany!!!
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Tomorrow, March 3, 2019, I am hosting an NCAL meeting in my shop. A number of you readers are in the SF bay area, and several of you have come to meetings in the past. All who are interested are welcome.

The meeting is from 2 till 5, and coming an hour early will give you a chance for informal conversation and horsetrading. I call it schmoozing. I will be giving a presentation on how I lay out lines on a rectilinear neck blank and then carve it, including why the lines go where they do, and how they control the neck profile. I have been doing this for many years, and only recently learned that many makers do not seem to have such a system, which in my mind makes the job a great deal more challenging, especially if there are specific goals.

I will then actually do the work I am describing using the neck I am making for Jmat's 000.

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I hope you have a great meeting today. I wish I could come, I am always fascinated by the neck carving process and would have loved to have it explained and demo....maybe you can get into some of that at your seminar at B.I.G.???
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Old 03-03-2019, 09:39 AM
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I have a feeling, Tom, that the B.I.G. audience would be quickly bored by the finer points of realizing a specific neck shape. Perhaps a discussion of the not often considered and yet far reaching differences between traditional and modern guitar construction concepts would be both more interesting and more useful. One can hope so! Failing that, there is always the true meaning of life, I suppose.
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Wow, if you can do the true meaning of life, that would be great, but I would expect over flow crowds for that, so we best stick with guitar building...
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Wow, if you can do the true meaning of life, that would be great, but I would expect over flow crowds for that, so we best stick with guitar building...
I think most of the potential attendees will not be willing to hike to the top of the mountain! So yes, luthier/customer relationships it is.
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The NCAL meeting in my shop this afternoon seemed like as good a meeting as we’ve had in years. Well attended, lots of show and tell, several new faces, and I explained my system for realizing specific neck shapes and then actually shaped the neck on Jmat’s 000 while talking, all in about an hour. This is the first time I’ve given this particular “seminar”, and it seemed to go very well. Tadol video’d the presentation, so there may be more on the subject soon.
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I hope you have a great meeting today. I wish I could come, I am always fascinated by the neck carving process and would have loved to have it explained and demo....maybe you can get into some of that at your seminar at B.I.G.???
Hey Bruce. I, too, would love to hear you describe your neck carving process !

I have small hands and beat the daylights out of the drums for 35 years before getting busy on guitar. A super comfy neck is a NECESSITY for me. Fortunately, John Kinnaird knows what works for me, and will happily go there.

And, I am interested in WHATEVER you choose to discuss!

And, I believe the meaning of life is to make people happy and have fun doing so. Why not? Haha

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Old 03-04-2019, 04:19 PM
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When I started building in the late '60's and early '70's, there was very little information available on the craft (before Irving Slone's "classical Guitar Construction"), and no supply houses at all that I was aware of. So I used to go down to the beach and collect shell for making my inlay. Then I tried sea shell stores, and eventually thin slabs of MOP and Abalone became available, and now there is Ablam and there are a host of small businesses cutting pearl both by hand and with CNC machines. While I take advantage of the slabbed materials and also Ablam on occasion, I have continued to hand cut the inlays on all of my work save one, a collaboration with Larry Robinson back before you'd heard his name, most likely.

A week ago, my daughter Laurelyn and her beau, Josh, celebrated the 1st anniversary of their meeting by taking a trip up the California coast a couple of hundred miles. They dropped her dog off here on the way, and when they picked him up on the way home they had a box of Red Abalone shell parts they had beachcombed. They gave me a couple of nice pieces.

Today I got a bit nostalgic, and decided to turn one of those pieces into a logo for the current build. Aside from the template, the tonewoods, and the neck dimensions, Jmat has not specified much on this guitar, and has said he'd defer to my choices. This is great for me as there is more freedom, room for expression, and more fun.

The guitar has received its first coat of varnish a few minutes ago, but first I took these pictures





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That is awesome, I will never be on the beach collecting shells again without wondering if they could be used on a guitar!
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Here's the second coat of varnish on Jmat's 000, applied today:

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The quartersawn set of “The Tree” is both unusual and striking visually. The Amazon Rosewood binding a curly Maple purflings accent it beautifully...
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