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Old 02-10-2019, 08:25 AM
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Much fun following this project. Looks fantastic.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:03 AM
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It always amazes me how lightly colored cocobolo is before it oxidizes.
Me too! That Cocobolo was a deep red not so long ago, but now that it's been sanded it's lightened up.

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Looks great!
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Much fun following this project. Looks fantastic.
Thanks, Jon! I'm really enjoying my conversations with Mark and watching the build come together. And much of this is thanks to you: playing your Hatchers really encouraged me to go forward with the project.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:04 AM
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It always amazes me how lightly colored cocobolo is before it oxidizes.
Yes. I was just looking at my 14 year old cocobolo guitar and realizing how dark and rich looking the wood has become over time.

This is such a stunning guitar, Erithon! So looking forward to the sound clips on this one.

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Old 02-14-2019, 09:51 AM
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Some of you may have noticed a little decorative element by the arm bevel. When Mark was cleaning up top purfling up he found that the Cedar had wicked up several little dark lines:


It's good practice to seal the open ends before gluing so it doesn’t wick and discolor. But even sealing the ends doesn't have a 100% success rate and this is one of those times. So Mark proposed, à la the Somogyi "paint splatter" guitar, that he inlay a purfled triangle over the lines like this mock-up:


The other option was to leave the lines there and let the finish obscure them. Well ... I suppose I could have pushed to retop the whole guitar--again--but that would absurd
I've never been one who is bothered by little "imperfections" in wood. Such flaws are nature's signature and add to the uniqueness of each piece of wood. In this case, of course, it's not a totally natural process so I opted for the triangle as a point of interest--that pun originated with Mark It's positioned to respond to the point on the cutaway.

Here you can see the triangle, after sanding but before the finish:

Look at how clean those miters are! I'm very pleased, and impressed, with the result. To see how the triangle appears when viewing the entire guitar, please take a look back to my previous update.
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Really enjoying the thread. When I saw the triangle insert or "point of interest" it drew me to the words "majesty, nobility and kingliness". I imagined this "point of interest" as a crown. This guitar is a beautiful, majestic work of art which is a crowning achievement for Mark Hatcher. Looking forward to its completion and the distinctiveness of it's new sound. May that also be "marked" by the crown of majesty.... a majestic sound....
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