View Full Version : Latest clutch of mowrys

Apr-15-2008, 10:10pm
Or is it "grip" of Mowrys?

Anyway, here are some results of the last 1500 or so hours of labor. Enjoy, and thanks for looking! I've just updated my web site as well, with more construction photos and other miscellany.

Apr-15-2008, 10:12pm
red spruce F5.

Apr-15-2008, 10:13pm
Octave in engelmann and red maple from Old Standard

Chris Biorkman
Apr-15-2008, 10:13pm
Man, you are good...

Apr-15-2008, 10:13pm
Blonde in bigleaf

Apr-15-2008, 10:14pm
F5 in quilt

Apr-15-2008, 10:15pm
Two-point in funky B.C. bigleaf

Apr-15-2008, 10:16pm

Apr-15-2008, 10:18pm
more of the same...

...and that's all. Thanks folks! Other than a little diaper rash it's a good day here in the Mowry household.

Apr-15-2008, 10:21pm
gosh I love that two point...the pic of the blond two point was my desktop wall paper for months. I'm loving the funky big leaf.

Apr-15-2008, 10:22pm
Wow, you don't even need to crow about them, they speak for themselves. That, and how you're killing me with them makes me think a murder of Mowrys...

OK... maybe that was a bit much for an obscure plural. They still look awesome, Andrew.


Apr-15-2008, 10:34pm
Minds were made to be blown... what can ya say? Clean work baby... NICE! And great job with your sensible treatment/approach to the fingerboard extension.

Brad Weiss
Apr-15-2008, 10:49pm
Can't find prettier one's anywhere- except in my music room! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Well done, as always, Andrew!

Apr-15-2008, 10:54pm
Beautifully clean work, Andrew!
Looking at those makes me feel my age http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Geoff B
Apr-16-2008, 12:20am
Raising the bar Mr. Mowry... nice!

Apr-16-2008, 1:50am
Superb work, some of the nicest I have ever seen, thank you for sharing these Andrew. How do you do the finish?

Ted Eschliman
Apr-16-2008, 5:54am
Pushing the boundaries of clean; breathtaking work once again, Andrew!

first string
Apr-16-2008, 8:29am
beautiful as always. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Austin Clark
Apr-16-2008, 8:43am
Those look great, Andrew! Very nice bursts. So do you have a playpen in the shop yet? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Maybe it is a gaggle?

Lane Pryce
Apr-16-2008, 8:49am
Andrew ---- no A's? I really dig the burst on the F5. I can't afford to look too long least I'll be tempted by the MAS bug. My Mowry is two years old this month and I'm still loving it. Diaper rash ----- just wait!!!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif Lp

Skip Kelley
Apr-16-2008, 9:47am
Andrew, Those are perfect! Ditto what Sunburst said, beautifully clean work! It doesn't get any better!

Apr-16-2008, 10:08am
Stunning, to say the least! Where do you get the trapeze tailpieces?

Apr-16-2008, 10:09am
Thank ye muchly folks! Austin, no playpen yet, but Will has been hanging out on the shop floor some. Finding the infant respirators is tricky, though. Last night I dreamt that he learned to crawl on his back like an inchworm, which should be good shop entertainment.

Lane, no As this batch, but I'm starting on an oval A hybrid this week, along with some other new models (new for me, that is).

Mike, the tailpiece is the guitar model from Stew-Mac, with some modification. I cut down and rethread the arms and replace the metal crossbar with the smaller ebony one. The ebony has a brass insert to protect it from the ball ends. I also drill out the hole for the endpin and drill a new screw hole below it.

Carleton Page
Apr-16-2008, 10:25am
Wow! Love them all,but that 2 point just screams at me! Amazing! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif Wish this was me with one of those!

Apr-16-2008, 10:34am
Looking at these pictures I am both humbled and inspired. Magnificent, Andrew!

Bill Snyder
Apr-16-2008, 11:07am
Showoff! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-16-2008, 11:38am
Well, as of 8:45 this morning, my two-point and I are in the same state, at last. Now if I can just make it to tomorrow, when that nice FedEx man shows up at the door..... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Apr-16-2008, 11:54am
Gorgeous instruments. I love the clarity of your stains. I can see through to the grain in even the darkest of them. But if you do that, how are you going to hide your mistakes? (answer: there aren't any)

Bryan Monarch
Apr-16-2008, 12:13pm
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! That two point is so so so gorgeous. Loving the snowflake inlay on your website too, just noticed that the F5 had the Two point headstock :P Pretty sweet looking!

El Greco
Apr-16-2008, 12:41pm
Jaw-dropping workmanship. A pleasure to look at and, I bet, to listen to or play...

I hear Pampers' "Cruisers" are great in preventing rashes... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-16-2008, 12:55pm
Incredible work once again.

Apr-16-2008, 1:03pm
I hear Pampers' "Cruisers" are great in preventing rashes... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
Normally we use cloth diapers, but we're on the Pampers now to try to clear things up. Today we've thrown stomach flu and teething into the mix, just to keep things interesting, all on top of a six-month cold, of course. Good thing he's cute! Okay, I'll stop with the baby discussion. Just venting a little... I know enough to count my blessings.

Dave O
Apr-16-2008, 1:15pm
Andrew, your work is beautiful! Glad I'm on your waiting list!!!!

Dave O

Mark Walker
Apr-16-2008, 5:17pm
Ditto what everyone else is saying. I'm late getting a chance to view the thread; not much more I can add that's even worthwhile.

I'd have to get out my dictionary and look up some more adjectives! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Keep up the great work Andy!

Apr-16-2008, 5:33pm
"Two-point in funky B.C. bigleaf "

I call that "fishbone".....

Nice work!

Bruce Clausen
Apr-16-2008, 7:35pm
Beautiful, Andrew! The orders will be flowing in; glad I got in there before the rush. By the way, folks, these instruments sound good too! For the curious, the middle two of the four demo tunes on my Sound Click page are played on my Mowry A-5:



Dan Voight
Apr-16-2008, 10:44pm
Bravo! Are those laquer finishes?

Chris Biorkman
Apr-16-2008, 10:52pm
Bravo! Are those laquer finishes?
I'm pretty sure they aren't, but they look as shiny as glass.

Apr-16-2008, 11:26pm
No, they're French polished. You can some texture and swirls here and there in the right light (fluorescent shop lights), but outdoor light is pretty forgiving.

Apr-17-2008, 12:03am
Well, as of 8:45 this morning, my two-point and I are in the same state, at last. Now if I can just make it to tomorrow, when that nice FedEx man shows up at the door..... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif
As in the 2 point shown on pg 1 of this thread? If so, good luck sleeping tonite! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif Congrats and enjoy.

Apr-17-2008, 6:45am
Really good work. I love the luster. Everytime I see a beauty I want to hear it as well.

Kevin Briggs
Apr-17-2008, 6:54am
Awesome mandolins, man. I also love that two-point design. It's kind of like a Hendrix thing. I think if Hendrix played mandolin he'd play a Mowry.

Apr-17-2008, 3:45pm
Andrew, have you ever considered building some guitars as well ?

Baby talk is great, we love it around here !

A funny thing happened the other day. I screwed up an cutting an oval inlay template for the back of a guitar, and Dylan was in the shop and of course heard me say ' Dam, messed that up ' before sitting it aside. Now, everybody that comes into the shop, he takes by the hand and walks them over to that piece and says ' Dad messed this up'

watch what you say when the talking starts !!

Great work as usual Andrew, good to see and hear things are going well......

Jim Combra

Apr-17-2008, 6:39pm
OMG - that OM with with single cutaway is giving me serious memories of my old Gibson ES-175.

M.A.S. may re-ignite.

Thanks dude!

James Sanford
Apr-18-2008, 10:37am

Your work continues to amaze me. Beautiful. Your web site has been very helpful to me as a beginner. Thanks a million for keeping the site updated.

Apr-18-2008, 1:44pm
Well, my two point is here. I can tell you that the pictures don't do it justice, and of course, there's no way to share the sound--except to say that I can hardly wait to hear it as it matures, as good as it sounds already. Count me in as another happy Mowry owner.

My only regret is that I didn't have the foresight to take today off, and I'm here at work, and my mandolin sits at home. Bad decision!

Jim Nollman
Apr-18-2008, 1:54pm

I remember seeing some of these in the white when i visited you while skiing at Bachelor in February. It's simply too long a drive, so viewing all these finished instruments, makes me wish I could transport back to Bend to try out a few of these wonders. Incredible looking 2 point.

Ted Eschliman
Apr-18-2008, 2:24pm
Normally we use cloth diapers, but we're on the Pampers now to try to clear things up.
Andrew, a little hard-learned advice; we're about 9 years away from dealing with whole diapers issue, but I still remember it well. Be careful what the description outside the package claims. When it says "Size 3: 16-28 lbs," you just can't take them at their word...

It took my daughter about five days to fill them to 16 lbs, and by then, the rash was the least of our worries.


Apr-18-2008, 2:40pm
Ted, with stomach flu but an unhindered appetite, Will may fill his 16 pounders pretty quickly here (conversation going rapidly downhill)!

Jim, thanks and sorry I didn't have any completed mandos then. I'm working on an F5 and an octave to have here as permanent demos, but it's so hard to find time to work on them these days. You're welcome back any time, though!