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man dough nollij
Jul-15-2009, 10:07pm
I got sucked into Andy Manson's incredible web site today (http://www.andymanson.co.uk/photos.html). His work is like it's from another planet. Any one instrument would be the masterpiece of a lifetime, and there are dozens shown on the site.

Particularly nice I think is the inlay work. He just blows my mind. Any other cool pics out there of nice inlay or binding work, particularly rosettes?





man dough nollij
Jul-15-2009, 10:09pm
Some more:




Jul-15-2009, 10:33pm
Forgive the poor photo quality, but here's mine. Is it cool? I'm too new to know.

man dough nollij
Jul-15-2009, 10:35pm
Welcome, Jaqueline! Yeah, that is cool. A lot of those old bowlbacks are works of art.

Chris Biorkman
Jul-15-2009, 10:35pm
Ooh, those are wild!

Jul-16-2009, 6:10pm
Stuart Newman, australian luthier.. Builds violins and mandolins too!

Jul-16-2009, 8:39pm
Well here are two of my personal favorites... I love the others presented in this thread too. Brian Dean's Labraid L&H repro with sound hole virzi (Labraid Tone Weaver) and Jack Spira's Cat's Eye.


Jul-16-2009, 9:09pm
Little Carmelo Catania

Jul-16-2009, 9:47pm
Wow, what an incredible artist. Thanks for the link to Andy's web site. That mermaid guitar is unbelievable! The detail is mind boggling. He must be a very patient man.

Skip Kelley
Jul-17-2009, 6:14am
Man, those are sweet! Very nice inlay work!

Doug Edwards
Jul-17-2009, 6:41am
Wow, one can only hope for that kind of talent. Brian Dean's is a masterpiece of art and architecture.

GarY Nava
Aug-23-2009, 11:30am
Andy Manson produces some fantastic work and if I wasn’t a luthier I’d want one of his! You might like the rosette on a twin-point mandolin that I just finished.

I’ve just revamped my website and there nine more of my rosettes on my “commission” page; take a look if you wish.
Cheers Gary

Aug-23-2009, 11:53am
I love Andy Manson's work, he's just an incredible artist. Some other great examples above too.

Another luthier whose work I particularly appreciate is Matthew Bascetta, who uses crushed gemstones, coral etc. in his inlays. Here are a couple of pics: the mandolin isn't mine, but the redwood-topped parlour guitar with the turquoise rosette is mine.


Aug-23-2009, 12:06pm
Here's some of mine

Aug-23-2009, 1:03pm
Stuart Newman, australian luthier.. Builds violins and mandolins too!

Very Mandelbrot!

Ivan Kelsall
Aug-24-2009, 1:50am
One word 'incredible' !!!,

Aug-24-2009, 1:50am
Very Mandelbrot!

Hans, Stuart is a very talented young man who like yourself is not afraid to push the envelope. His approach to building is extremely open minded and forward thinking.. I have him building me a 000 12 fret brazilian/ bearclaw sitka guitar at the moment which is dragging him back to a more traditional mindset which he is embracing.. He is someone to keep your eye on... oh yeah he builds banjo's too.. ha ha.

Aug-24-2009, 6:23am
Very talented indeed!
Franken, I'm afraid all my soundhole work is retarded, eh retro...;)



Maybe one of these days I'll re-invent the guitar...
Nah, they should look like Larsons!

Aug-25-2009, 2:20am
Maybe one of these days I'll re-invent the guitar...

I think you should.. your 3 point is a glorius thang.. meanwhile when i get tired of the bling thing i really dig the simplicity of this soundhole.. J. Walker..

Aug-25-2009, 4:31am
it's a shame that mandolin luthiers don't go in for traditional roses - like this mind-numbingly delicate parchment rose made by paul butler - follow the step-by-step process here: http://crab.rutgers.edu/~pbutler/parchment.html