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Nov-16-2005, 12:37pm
Hello Café Folks,

I haven’t posted here much, but I was encouraged to post some pics of my newest completions. It’s a little intimidating after seeing some of the pics of Hilburn, Brentrup, and others work. But it not a competition, so I’ll give it a try. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

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That was easy! Thanks to Germain for the tutorial. You can see more photos at www.driftwoodmandolins.com if interested. Thanks for looking!

My Webpage (http://www.driftwoodmandolins.com)

Nov-16-2005, 12:50pm
Hey, if it were a competition you'd do just fine among those other builders. No need to be intimidated at all. That's a very nice design. I like the color, and I like how the block inlays, rosette, and ivoroid bindings all tie together nicely. The scooped end of the fretboard is a nice detail too.

Show us more. I'd like to see full frontal shot, and the back, and the headstock.


Nov-16-2005, 1:04pm
Andy; If it were a competition these pics would put you right up there with the best! I love the maple rosette and abalone(?) purfling on the 2 point and A style. The carving on that F is impeccable, and the details on all of them are wonderful! Great work!

Nice Web page layout too... stylish and easy to navigate.

Paul Doubek

Tom C
Nov-16-2005, 1:22pm
Beautiful and tasteful. Love that F headstock.

Nov-16-2005, 1:36pm
Love those oval soundholes, also the sound hole rosettes, especially like the one on your scroll model.

Phil Jolly
Nov-16-2005, 1:48pm

Its great to see what you've been up to, I check your site religiously for the new mandos. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif I wouldn't be intimidated if I were you, those are spectacular. I'm sure they sound as good as they look.

Nov-16-2005, 1:56pm
Beautiful work! Keep it up!

Nov-16-2005, 3:13pm
Beautiful! That's some clean work. I like those maple rosettes.

Nov-16-2005, 3:16pm
Andy- I don't think you have anything to be intimidated about. Yours are as nice as any I've seen, and better than many. Stunning woodwork! Thanks for sharing the pics.

Ken Berner
Nov-16-2005, 3:29pm
Absolutely outstanding looking mandolins; now we just need to listen in order to complete the dream. They are gorgeous, Sir!

Nov-16-2005, 3:39pm
You have nothing to feel anxious about. Those are gorgeous! I espescially like the F4. Cool sound hole inlay.


Nov-16-2005, 4:19pm
That is perhaps the prettiest A-model mando I've seen. The flame maple rosette is very nice. I would have thought that abalone purfling would be too fancy for an A-model, but it really looks great.

I'm partial to 2-point mandos, too, and yours is gorgeous. I think that staining the rosette to match the back & sides would have looked really nice too.


Milan Christi
Nov-16-2005, 4:30pm
Let me chime in and echo what others have already said - those are stunning! Beautiful craftsmanship! Very cool web site, too. Put me in a great mood and then quickly triggered a MAS attack!

Nov-16-2005, 4:38pm
the more I scrolled down, the more it hurt!!!!!!!!

WOW, double WOW

Nov-16-2005, 5:52pm
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....and I do LOVE those block inlays. I very much agree that you have NOTHING to be intimidated about. That is gorgeous work.

Nov-16-2005, 6:00pm
Well it wouldn't be a Driftwood thread if I didn't chime in.
I realize that I'm not completly unbiased [I own two],but this new group is spectacular. So many fresh new ideas !

#Hats off, not only to Andy, but to all the luthiers that keep this an exciting place to click on the next thread.

#Oh, and by the way to all of you who think that all these wonderful luthiers must be "old grizzeled F@rts,"

# Meet Mr Poe (http://www.driftwoodmandolins.com/NewSite/Home.html) # scroll to the pic.

#Great stuff,

# # # # # # #B.Pat

Nov-16-2005, 6:20pm
Hi Andy,
Glad to see you've been keeping busy. Great work! We haven't heard many owner's reviews but I do recall all the great things Mikey2 (RIP) said about your #001.

Nov-16-2005, 6:27pm
Hi Andy,
Glad to see you've been keeping busy. #Great work! #We haven't heard many owner's reviews but I do recall all the great things Mikey2 (RIP) said about your #001.

Here's my review (#14) (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=26280;hl=driftwood). Mark's #08 (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=18156;hl=driftwood), Pat's #06 (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=13;t=15557;hl=driftwood) AND #17 (http://www.mandolincafe.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=28395;hl=driftwood) (lucky man)...

Yeah, there are a few of us here, and we're all happy! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif


Nov-16-2005, 6:32pm
Thanks to all for the kind comments. You guys are great!

All the inlay on both the A and 2-point is actually “black” mother of pearl. Its nice for subtle décor, not as bold as white MOP or abalone but has some beautiful color when in the right light.

“I'm sure they sound as good as they look.” – ksig (Thanks man)

I think they sound good. The A and 2-pointer are probably best suited for celtic/classical styles. That is common with oval soundholes plus the bone saddle and they are currently set up with TI strings. Nice sweet round sound. The f-style has the dry woody tone with deep lows. Wish I had recording equipment so I could get sound clips on the site.

Hey Lee,
I remember good old Mikey. He was a great guy. He actually had #002. I still have #001. I have wondered what happened with that mandolin.

Thanks again everyone!


Nov-16-2005, 7:34pm
You have some unusual and really lovely touches that catch my eye. One that no one else noticed is the shape of the end of the fretboard and the way you scooped it. Beautiful. I love little things like that that reveal a finely honed aesthetic sense and a willingness to try new things.

Nov-16-2005, 10:57pm
andy how are these braced? they do look nice

Neil Dean
Nov-17-2005, 4:55am
Hey Andy,
Congratulations on your recent batch. They look fantastic... What tool(s) do you use to cut the curly maple rosette?


Nov-17-2005, 10:03am
Thanks for the complements. I saw that new octave you recently completed. Great work! Looks awesome!

All my oval-hole mandos have x-bracing.

Thanks for the complements. I use a scroll saw to cut out the maple. I use a knife and chisel for cutting the cavity.

Nov-17-2005, 10:40am
I think perhaps YOU are intimidating THEM now! Great work!

Nov-20-2005, 7:59am
Now that Andy has these up for sale (see Classified), let the ads lead you to his web site and see all the photos of instruments presently available. What caught my eye this time is something that doesn't show up on the photos here. On some of his mandolins, he is putting a veneer on the back of the headstock. A lovely burl on one, for example. Maybe my mind isn't working right, but I don't recall seeing that before. Yet if you are building a fine mandolin, it doesn't add much to your costs or the work involved, and it sure looks nice and lets you show off some wood that isn't strong enough to use, say, in a back.

Don Christy
Nov-20-2005, 1:46pm
Hi Andy,
Those are beautiful mandos. A quick question, does the DF4 have a truss rod? I don't see a cover on the overlay.

Nov-20-2005, 8:01pm
#020, #021, and #022 all have carbon fiber neck reinforcement.


Baron Collins-Hill
Nov-20-2005, 9:36pm
nice site update as well, much better than the previous if you ask me

i really like that A5, mighty tasty looking


Kevin K
Nov-21-2005, 9:34am
I like the ebony tuner buttons, what tuners are those pictured?

Great work.

Nov-23-2005, 4:42pm
Mahvelous, simply mahvelous.

If I had funds to spare (or even nearly so), I'd already be talking to you about that two-point.

I especially love the maple rosettes.

Nov-28-2005, 12:42am
That A model is gorgeous. And the pic on your website makes perfect wallpaper for my computer. Check out the edge of the fingerboard extention. The craftsmanship just blows me away.


Skip Kelley
Nov-28-2005, 7:34am
Andy, Those are awesome mandolins! Your work ranks up there with the best!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Dec-03-2005, 1:52am
I just picked #22 (the 2 pointer) up from the post office today.
My first impressions are "HOLY MANDO-MOLY BATMAN!!!!"
I am thoroughly impressed so far.
I have picked up around 20 mandolins from the post office in my mando-amassing-career and have never been this happy with any of them straight out of the box.
Excellent bang for the buck as far as I can see so far.
Now the feild trials begin!!!!

Dec-11-2005, 6:02pm
Well I have finally found some time to play this little gem and I am very pleased.
It has a really balanced tone. It came equipped with #TI Starks which give it a very refined rounded sound.
Very sweet full sound which has me slowing down my playing to take full advantage of hearing it. Smooth, deep, and mellow.
My 15 year old daughter who is the only one in my family who I can ever intice into an opinion on my mandolins says it is "loud,,, well not exactly loud but "volumous""
I think that means that it is full sounding?
The playability is also really good with a 1 and 13/16 inch width at the nut and a nicely shaped neck. More of a rounded neck profile than a V. Comfortable for me.
The workmanship and fit and finish are right up there with the best that I personally have had my hands on.
A few small "makers marks" to let you know that it is hand crafted but no real flaws or blemishes that I can find.
Definately the work of a true craftsman.
Quality woods with excellent lacquer finishing. Beautiful binding and inlay work; the black MOP is a classy touch,,, it is kind of subdued looking compared to the MOP that I am used to and once the mando ages and darkens a bit I think it is going to look classic.
I have talked to Andy about getting a pickguard made for it later on but other than that, I am totally satisfied.
Very good mando,,,, I am a happy lad!

Dec-12-2005, 6:36pm
Last day of the auction of #020 on ebay! It would be a steal at current bid!

John Zimm
Dec-12-2005, 6:46pm
I wish I had the money-I'd grab it in a second. Great work-thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.


Dec-12-2005, 8:34pm
Andrew I am toying with the idea of trying to win it but I don't know how 2 Driftwoods coming into the house in the same month will go over here on the homefront.
The Future-Ex would not be amused.
So,,,, maybe?? maybe not?? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif