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Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 12:33pm
Hey all....as most of you may know Im getting a new mando made by Darby Woofer...Tone, Tone, Tone. Anyway Im gonna have a one piece back on it....I want to get some ideas on the different types of maple as far as the quilt and grain...lets see 'em.

Feb-01-2005, 12:53pm
Ok I'll start with my Quilted Driftwood.

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 12:56pm
Thats real stunning..is it one piece?...kinda hard to tell from the pic...looks to be....Im leaning toward that big quilted look....thanks

Feb-01-2005, 1:00pm
Mine is a two piece, but his latest is a one piece

Feb-01-2005, 1:14pm
Hey all....as most of you may know Im getting a new mando made by Darby Woofer...Tone, Tone, Tone.
Darby seems like a nice guy and I've heard a few of his Rose mandolins and they are a great value. #But, his name last name is "Boofer" according to his business card.

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 1:16pm
yep..your right....a typo.....man I need a secretary who can type http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Darryl Wolfe
Feb-01-2005, 1:54pm
74000 and 73992

Feb-01-2005, 2:13pm
Laura Ratcliff #6


Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 2:24pm
Darryl..simply stunning......ok..Im ignorant....what species are those?

Feb-01-2005, 2:24pm
Birds eye

Darryl Wolfe
Feb-01-2005, 2:25pm
species?...who knows...both July 9, 23's

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 2:30pm
in other words....what kind of maple are they?

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 2:31pm
..that Birdseye looks really good too.

Feb-01-2005, 2:34pm

Darby's seen the birdseye and he was very iimpressed. If you remind him it was at the eastman get together near DC and it's an Old Wave.

Darryl Wolfe
Feb-01-2005, 2:36pm
in other words....what kind of maple are they?
they are supposed to be Eastern Michigan maple...however, 74000 on the right is so so so light weight, I have to think that it is simply some East Coast soft maple

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 2:38pm
Kewl..thanks Darryl..

Feb-01-2005, 2:40pm
My 02 Bill Davis F5. Sweet Flame. Bigleaf Maple http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Feb-01-2005, 2:43pm
Well, it ain't one-piece but it sure is pretty...

"The Laurel" by Mike Blohm, currently on its way to its new home here in Alaska...

Tom C
Feb-01-2005, 2:44pm
I'd go with those loars. Bigleaf maple?

Feb-01-2005, 2:45pm
...not mine, but I can wish, right?

Along with Ricky's old Ellis, I think this is the most stunning back I have ever seen...

Heiden F

Feb-01-2005, 2:48pm
Well, it ain't one-piece but it sure is pretty...

"The Laurel" by Mike Blohm, currently on its way to its new home here in Alaska...
You gonna bring that baby to W'grass?

Phil Jolly
Feb-01-2005, 2:51pm
Speaking of that Ellis... got this off of Greg Boyd's site

Phil Jolly
Feb-01-2005, 2:52pm

Feb-01-2005, 2:55pm

(Collings MF-5)

Phil Jolly
Feb-01-2005, 2:56pm
one more try???

Phil Jolly
Feb-01-2005, 2:57pm
Here's one of my personal favorites, from John Sullivan

Feb-01-2005, 3:07pm
Here's one of my daily players - one piece back. Hondo model HMAN-30 (who says we have to all have deluxe mandolins?) Well-suited to the extra dry conditions of my office. Recently set up by your's truly (shimmed the nut with aluminum foil). Unfortunatly the finish is somewhat too dark to show the natural grain of the wood.


Feb-01-2005, 3:15pm
Here's the picture from Gruhn, where I bought my Fern, it shows front and back.

Feb-01-2005, 3:19pm
"species?...who knows...both July 9, 23's "

It's my understanding that the slab Loars are hard maple...

It is possible to tell the difference between hard and soft maple...

This, from "identifying Wood" by Bruce Hoadley:

"When a saturated water solution of ferrous sulfate is applied to red maple, a deep blue-black color develops; #when the same solution is applied to sugar maple, a greenish color results"

If anyone happens to be repairing a Loar, I'd love to have it confirmed, using the Hoadley test, what the wood really is. #I think you could do the test without doing any harm to the instrument...

Steve Gilchrist swears he can tell the difference between the two maples under varnish, and that the Loars are all hard maple.

Here's the back of a Monte I used to own...
One-piece Bigleaf on the quarter...

It's the one on the left.... # #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Jim Hilburn
Feb-01-2005, 3:27pm
Here's what's in the spray booth today. This is just one coat of lacquer, but once it's well coated and buffed out,I think it will be quite nice.
After 3 varnished F's, this A with lacquer is a joy.

By the way,it's bigleaf from E-bay. Buzzsaw Int. to be exact. This is an example of what can happen when the grain is oriented at an angle as opposed to quartered. One side of the arch leans more toward quarter while the othe goes away from it. Then you get more wavy lines on one side and straighter on the other.

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 3:56pm
Man o Man..Ive been in the kitchen frying some chops...I never expected to have this much response....If I can ammend my origional topic....those of you who know the type of wood...either please repost with that info or go back and edit your post with that info...man..Ive got some studying to do...thanks for all your replies..aint this great?....

Feb-01-2005, 4:00pm
Here's my '21 F-4 with a Cremona brown finish and quilted back. This ain't your bigleaf type maple!

Feb-01-2005, 4:02pm
Here's the 3 point with hard maple back.

Feb-01-2005, 4:16pm
One more from Han's shop... this one is mine, nearly done. Slab sawn, hard maple I believe.

edited -- It's Red Maple.

Feb-01-2005, 4:35pm
"Here's my '21 F-4 with a Cremona brown finish and quilted back. This ain't your bigleaf type maple! "

No it isn't...
That's Silver Maple, or at least I think so....

Lemmee guess...
Is the instrument unusually light in weight?

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 4:50pm
One more from Han's shop... this one is mine, nearly done. #Slab sawn, hard maple I believe.
..now thats what Im talkin about....most beautiful....

Feb-01-2005, 5:30pm
OK, one more. The sister piece of wood to the one above. Now belongs to Fred Keller. This particular piece pushed me over the edge into requesting a mando just like it.

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 5:33pm
...gawd....it dont get any better than that...

Feb-01-2005, 5:37pm
"Lemmee Guess...is the instrument unusually light in weight?"

Why yes! And a very mellow tone. Mark's is red maple.

Feb-01-2005, 5:44pm
One of my favorites, brown birch.

Feb-01-2005, 6:31pm
Does it have to be a mando??

Here's one of the most stunning trees I've ever milled, and the end result in a bass made by Arnold Schnitzer...

Feb-01-2005, 6:35pm
And an archtop guitar made by Steven Anderson....

Notice the small wing added to the lower right bout. #He didn't quite have enough wood to make it all the way across the pattern...

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 6:40pm
...now we are gettin somehwere...simply stunning....

Feb-01-2005, 6:46pm
Here's my John Sullivan....

Birdseye milled in '75....

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 6:58pm
Spruce..I bet youve got some drop dead gorgeous big leaf quilted maple you could part with dont ya?

Feb-01-2005, 7:03pm
Another quilted back.

Scotti Adams
Feb-01-2005, 7:07pm
..hey I recognize that one....such a pretty thing.

Feb-01-2005, 7:19pm
Nugget Two-point:

Feb-01-2005, 7:34pm
Old Wave A #312 - curly maple


Spira Mandola 2003 - Australian Blackwood (koa related)

Jim Garber
Feb-01-2005, 8:23pm
1902 Martin Style 6 bowlback (a change of pace?) Brazilian rosewood with bazillion ribs.


Jim Garber
Feb-01-2005, 8:26pm
2003 Pandini bowlback.


Tom C
Feb-01-2005, 8:55pm
Well, since everybody contributed all type of backs.....

Doug Edwards
Feb-01-2005, 8:57pm
Not quite the same league as some of the others, but I think its purdy.

Jim Garber
Feb-01-2005, 9:27pm
83 Flatiron A5-2


Feb-01-2005, 9:44pm
Lawrence Smart 2 point.

Feb-01-2005, 10:17pm
Hope this works ...

A. Lawrence Smart "F" Model (2004). One piece and I believe it's big leaf although I could absolutely have that wrong. All I know is that it looks great and sounds even better http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif


Ted Eschliman
Feb-01-2005, 10:20pm
Gotta get at least one blue back on this thread...


Steve Stahl
Feb-01-2005, 11:59pm
This, from "identifying Wood" by Bruce Hoadley:
"When a saturated water solution of ferrous sulfate is applied to red maple, a deep blue-black color develops; #when the same solution is applied to sugar maple, a greenish color results"
Okay, I am going to mix up a batch of saturated ferrous sulfate and try this on scraps of various species of maple and post the results here. Then y'all can try it out on a spot inside your Loars. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif
Meanwhile, here is the red maple back of Stahl #2 (2005)

Feb-02-2005, 12:20am
"Arches" (Chris Baird, Moab, Utah) walnut bodied A style mandolin.

Feb-02-2005, 12:33am
2003 Siren String Works F5 (I love this mando. #My first F5. She and I will be together for the rest of our lives...not to sound corny here, but it's true!) I believe the back and sides are red maple...not sure, though. Top is Adirondack. Finish is Varnish (the Dude recipie, if I'm not mistaken). As always, a picture just don't do it justice.

Scotti Adams
Feb-02-2005, 8:11am
Man..there are some beautiful pieces here...JimW yours is outstanding. Darby emailed me and told me bought about $1000.00 worth of wood yesterday and having it cubed and resawn and will pick it up today. He got #some birdseye, quilted , sitka spruce, and some nice wide grained fir like on the top of the one I am playing now. He also got some madagascar ebony for my 3 piece neck. Said he should have enough wood for 10 new mandos..

Mike Blohm
Feb-02-2005, 10:21am
Here's a back form Orcas Island Tonewoods.

Feb-02-2005, 10:28am
Alright. That's just crazy. Who gave you such PhotoSHop skills? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

That is an amazing back!

Feb-02-2005, 10:40am
Alright. That's just crazy. Who gave you such PhotoSHop skills? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

That is an amazing back!
Fancy a swim?

Feb-02-2005, 11:32am
Here's my Wiens...

Feb-02-2005, 12:44pm
Wow, fantastic looking backs, everybody.

Scotti, if this mando is about tone, tone, tone...

then you don't want to just go for aesthetics and neglect everything else. Don't forget that different species of maple will color the sound differently, and each type of top wood will pair with certain back woods better than others; I'm sure your builder will have some inputs on the specifics. But the tone isn't 100% top, 0% back, far from it.

Ted Eschliman
Feb-02-2005, 1:00pm
Alright. That's just crazy. Who gave you such PhotoSHop skills?
Did someone say "PhotoShop?"....

Scotti Adams
Feb-02-2005, 1:23pm
Yes Mark..I know what you are saying...but I want the absolute most beautiful wood in the back that I can possibly have. Darby and I have talked about this and I put total faith in what he comes up with.

Feb-02-2005, 1:28pm
"Here's my Wiens..."

I beg your pardon??

"Okay, I am going to mix up a batch of saturated ferrous sulfate and try this on scraps of various species of maple and post the results here. Then y'all can try it out on a spot inside your Loars. #" #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

I actually hope this happens...
Mr. Gilchrist is totally convinced that the Loars are all Acer saccharum, but I sure think there's some Red in there somewhere...
And European...

Here's an interesting fiddle made from maple burl...

Tim Saxton
Feb-02-2005, 1:34pm

That wood is just completely sick! Off the hook! WOW. I wonder how that would carve? Did you supply that?

Tim Saxton

Jim Garber
Feb-02-2005, 2:00pm
I have two fiddles made circa 1915 in New York that have similar quilted backs. The first pictured on this page (http://paperclipdesign.com/ashley/) is my primary fiddle.


Feb-02-2005, 2:17pm
"That wood is just completely sick! Off the hook! WOW. I wonder how that would carve? Did you supply that?"

It's a Chinese fiddle, so I assume it's Chinese wood...

I have milled wood like that from burls...
It usually doesn't have a lot of structural integrity...

That being said, I've seen some nice old French fiddles made from burls, and they seem to have held up OK...
It's an interesting look for sure...

Feb-02-2005, 2:47pm
"Here's my Wiens..."

I beg your pardon??

Sorry, didn't mean to offend you, Bruce! Perhaps I will rephrase that next time...


Feb-02-2005, 5:15pm
And now for something entirely different...

Here's the back of an electric/acoustic mandolin made by Ted Beringer of Billings, Montana...

Lightly bearclawed Sitka top and back, and a Ukrainian spruce neck...

Plays and sounds good both as an acoustic and electric, and is a cool concept...

Feb-02-2005, 5:37pm
My Breedlove Cascade K5-004

Feb-02-2005, 8:01pm
found this on the internet somewhere at sometime....love this back.

Feb-02-2005, 8:03pm
1914 F4

Scotti Adams
Feb-02-2005, 8:18pm
Thanks Michael..thats one pretty piece..

Joe Parker
Feb-02-2005, 8:58pm
My '04 Master Model-JPP

Scotti Adams
Feb-02-2005, 9:01pm
Gawd JPP...youve been holdin out.....thats a keeper

Feb-02-2005, 9:02pm
My pre-Gibson Flatiron A5-1. It really looks this way!


Feb-02-2005, 9:13pm
This one's for you Ted-MK Phoenix.

Feb-02-2005, 9:20pm
Eastman 615

Feb-02-2005, 9:22pm
Not Maple but quiltly just the same. Mann A-7 in mahogany.

Feb-02-2005, 9:26pm
Dad's old 2-15

Feb-02-2005, 9:26pm
Oops, I guess the photo was to large...try again

Feb-02-2005, 9:29pm
The Bighorn

Magnus Geijer
Feb-02-2005, 10:12pm
Although not up to par with most of the above, I have high hopes for how this one will look after stain and finish. Not bad for $5.65 per board foot anway.


Feb-02-2005, 10:35pm
Here's the one piece back on my Larry Muth:

G. Fisher
Feb-02-2005, 10:42pm
LaPlant #106

Feb-02-2005, 10:57pm
Here's the back of Davis #16. #(Stole the pics from Mass Street. #Didn't figure they'd mind since I bought it from 'em.) # ;-)

G. Fisher
Feb-02-2005, 11:02pm
Brentrup 23V

Feb-03-2005, 10:07am
Here's my new Eastman 815:


Scotti Adams
Feb-03-2005, 10:23am
That Muth is outstanding..

Feb-03-2005, 12:56pm
"Here's my new Eastman 815:"

That does it...
I'm packin' my bags and headin' for China to do a little maple-hunting... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

Feb-03-2005, 1:24pm
LOL Spruce!

Yep, when I opened the case I knew it was mine. Deep flame. Kind of hypnotizing. Did I mention the tone?


Feb-03-2005, 1:31pm
not yet a mando

Feb-03-2005, 1:33pm
or birdseye

Tom C
Feb-03-2005, 1:37pm
That top one seems like it will look like frog warts when finished. I like to be different.

Feb-03-2005, 2:33pm
"Yep, when I opened the case I knew it was mine. #Deep flame. #Kind of hypnotizing. #Did I mention the tone?"

The maple on some of the Eastmans, both mandolins and violins, is some of the most intriguing wood I've seen in years...

A nice interlocking flame on an angle, placed over a tight grain pattern, with nice medularies and a lack of "worm-track" (common in Chinese maple, but not this stuff), is about as good as it gets...

I'm seriously thinking about heading over there...

Feb-03-2005, 3:13pm
Good luck on your travels. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Scotti Adams
Feb-03-2005, 9:34pm
...lookin good Darby....which one is mine? lol

Feb-03-2005, 11:22pm
Wow, Scotti-

You seem to have replaced Gibson as #1 on the "dead horses to kick" list...


Hang in there...Hope you get a good idea of what you want your mando's back to look like.

Note to Scott T. or HackTed: Mebbe we need a new "popcorn" emoticon...

Feb-04-2005, 12:25am

I'm sure there are a lot more people on the cafe that would rather hear from you than to hear from a few people that seem to have something against Scotti and can't seem to keep themselves from bringing it up ad nauseam...


Feb-04-2005, 12:59am
Maybe its time you guys just started sending emails to one another.....

Feb-04-2005, 1:26am
What the crud? Where is all this negativity on the boards coming from recently? It's like threads are spontaneously combusting...
...oooh, wait, kettle corn!...

Feb-04-2005, 2:53am
Gosh these backs are killing me...MAJOR MAS ATTACK !!!

Feb-04-2005, 3:02am
dang even forgot the pic...Scotty your gonna love this one! #My Givens A6 It's like Elvin Bishop "ain't good looking, but it sure can play"

Scotti Adams
Feb-04-2005, 8:16am
..keep those pics coming....dont think we will be interrupted any more..Oh..nice talking to you last night Paula.

Feb-04-2005, 8:31am
Sheesh !The temp is going up here . Hell , when i got my Brentrup , you couldn't shut me up , also the Rose i had - We're just a bunch of kids in a candy store singing the praises of these great builders - so party on people ,and for you curmudgeons out there - " Chill "


Fred G
Feb-04-2005, 8:39am
99 A5-L

Chris Baird
Feb-04-2005, 10:58am
It may have been inevitable; backsides always lead to dirty laundry. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif I like red maple skew cut, strong flame but not typical ole' fiddleback.

Feb-04-2005, 11:06am
Chris, that is beyond beautiful!

Scotti Adams
Feb-04-2005, 11:30am
excellent guys...

Feb-04-2005, 2:52pm
so tell us Scotti....any of these pics grab ya?...all of them are great looking...wish I had such a tough choice to make http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif


Bob Kellett
Feb-04-2005, 5:54pm
back of my Ratcliff A model....

Scotti Adams
Feb-04-2005, 6:22pm
...yea..Ive narrowed it down......not

Feb-04-2005, 8:45pm
Scotty, this would just confuse me, every one of em cept maybe mine are just over the top awesome. Im a tad jealous but I like the quilts a lot...they look so DEEP! Have fun making your choice, Im having fun watching!

Rob Powell
Feb-04-2005, 9:19pm

Having met Darby, I'd suggest just letting him decide. He's a hardworking, honest and caring person who happens to build a great mando.

I guess I have to disclose that I have no financial interest but I won't say that I don't have a human interest to see that he gets all the business that he can handle.

He's just good people. So from your end, decide whether you want flame or quilt and let him go from there. You won't be disappointed.


Rob Powell
Feb-04-2005, 9:20pm
However, this topic has been really fun to see...:laugh:

Scotti Adams
Feb-05-2005, 12:11am
..Yea..Im pretty much leaving it up to Darby...but I am enjoying all these back sides....and yes....Darby is good people...Im really enjoying our mando talks and such.

Feb-05-2005, 2:22pm
New Weber Quilted Maple Bitterroot

Feb-05-2005, 2:59pm

Feb-06-2005, 11:47am
Here's my snakehead..


Feb-06-2005, 11:48am
This is the back of my friend Chip's Steve Owsley Smith Mandolin:

Baron Collins-Hill
Feb-06-2005, 12:24pm
whats the date on that snakehead? 18? my dad's friends got an a2 like that.

Jim Garber
Feb-06-2005, 2:16pm
Here's my snakehead.
Ah... change of pace... I was getting tired of quartersawn flamed maple. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif


Scotti Adams
Feb-06-2005, 2:57pm
..that Owsley back is real nice....never heard of one of those....how 'bout a full frontal of that...

oldwave maker
Feb-06-2005, 3:27pm
most recent F5 backs- 3 buck a bd. ft. wisconsin maple on the right, the high priced spread on left

oldwave maker
Feb-06-2005, 3:30pm
some of my favorite quilt, from Spruce, of course....

Scotti Adams
Feb-06-2005, 4:03pm
Bill..that is some real nice stuff....your mandos look great!

Feb-06-2005, 4:53pm
Ouilt with burel or milton Burel.

Scotti Adams
Feb-06-2005, 4:56pm
nice stuff...it really is..

Feb-06-2005, 5:50pm
Scotti: Here's the front of the SOS:

Feb-06-2005, 5:54pm
Steve is most well-known for his bouzoukis.. this mandolin is a very special design that only my friend Chip seems to be able to talk him into making. That mandolin in particular is unique in tone, very bluegrassy in the sense that it has lots of bass an separation, also something more that's hard to really explain, sort of an old-timey sound perhaps. Magnificently loud and really just a work of art too.

PhishPhan: the snakehead is an early 1923 #71261 (http://www.mandolinarchive.com/gibson/serial/71261)

Scotti Adams
Feb-06-2005, 6:16pm
Kewl...I wouldnt be lying to say that something about that animal intrigues me...a beautiful piece...thanks Dan....thats a special piece.

Feb-06-2005, 6:29pm
I'll dig around, I have sound & video clips of Chip playing it.. and it's grandpa. As Johnny Cunningham would have said (raises glass) "The same instrument, before taxe3s":

Scotti Adams
Feb-06-2005, 6:34pm
..would love to hear it...

Feb-07-2005, 12:52am
And to think Steve does it all from inside a school bus (or he did last I knew)! I think he builds some of the most beautiful instruments out there.

Michael Lewis
Feb-07-2005, 2:02am
What a wonderfully twisted sense of design.

Feb-07-2005, 7:38am
Steve's moved to HI, and the bus didn't go with him sadly. An end to an era. "Loretta" was her name, and she was painted to look like an adobe school bus. Tony Sutherland has her at the moment in case Steve returns!

I'll hunt for audio/video of chip playing both of them..

Kent Barnes
Feb-08-2005, 11:35am
I had a moment of weakness. #This mando is on its way to me.


Feb-08-2005, 11:45am
Is that an Eastman Kent?

Kent Barnes
Feb-08-2005, 11:56am
Yes, it's an Eastman MD615 Sunburst. Tonebars, scooped fingerboard, and NON-bound F-holes. It should be here this week.

Kevin K
Feb-08-2005, 12:02pm
If you don't mind, where did you get the Eastman from. That wood looks nice.

Kent Barnes
Feb-08-2005, 12:11pm
I ordered from Gianna Violins. Steve Perry over there has been absolutely great to work with. He had several mandolins I was interested in and he sent pictures to me.
I can highly recommend them. Steve is often on the message boards too.

Gianna Violins (http://www.giannaviolins.com/)

Feb-09-2005, 1:42pm
Jeremy - no comment on the scroll of the SOS ?

Feb-09-2005, 6:43pm
No sir, not even for a moment did I think about commenting on that one. It is very radical and I do like it!

Feb-09-2005, 10:07pm
Anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of seeing Steve's instruments before should take a gander at his website: http://www.celticmusic.com/steve/

Feb-10-2005, 4:20am
Re: http://www.celticmusic.com/steve/


Keith Miller
Feb-10-2005, 5:21am
re SOS zouks, they sound as good as they look, Dan plays one on his Shatter the calm CD.

Feb-10-2005, 6:40am
Yes.. Steve's stuff is out of this world, tone and looks. I reluctantly sold my big zook last year as the long scale was not right for some hand pain I've developed from all these darn computers.

This is a photo of the inlay that I took once when I had the strings off to adjust the truss rod:


Here's an image from the CD artwork..


More of these in larger format are here on my Shatter the Calm page (http://www.celticmusic.com/dan/goodies.html)

Feb-10-2005, 6:42am
This is the gallery image of that same bouzouki:


Or here's a much larger version (link) (http://www.celticmusic.com/steve/gallery/zooks/danzook.jpg)

Feb-10-2005, 7:59am
Now that is amazing! I bet you miss that one Dan.

Jim Hilburn
Feb-14-2005, 12:51pm
I posted this one while it was in the booth. Here it is buffed out.

Scotti Adams
Feb-14-2005, 12:57pm
..mahvalous...simply mahvalous....great Job Jim.

Feb-19-2005, 3:20pm

Feb-19-2005, 3:22pm

Feb-19-2005, 3:23pm

Scotti Adams
Feb-19-2005, 3:33pm
...that second pic would be the wood on my new Rose...aint it sexy? Thanks Darby

Baron Collins-Hill
Feb-19-2005, 3:33pm
nothing compared to the others on this thread, but i like my A9:

Scotti Adams
Feb-19-2005, 3:53pm
..looks nice Phish...Im gonna have to get me an A model someday...

Gavin Baird
Feb-19-2005, 5:08pm
Some shots of the current batch of instruments. They are an F5, F4 and a Peter O A4. The first one is a one piece Birds Eye Maple destined for Washington State..G

Gavin Baird
Feb-19-2005, 5:09pm
This one is the F4 in Quilted Maple..G

Scotti Adams
Feb-19-2005, 5:10pm
..very, very nice Gavin...great looking stuff..

Gavin Baird
Feb-19-2005, 5:11pm
This one is the "Peter Ostroushko Edition"...All are finished in Varnish..G

Gavin Baird
Feb-19-2005, 5:15pm
Should have used a larger picture for them all..larger F5 back

Feb-20-2005, 9:21am
The wood in this thread has Yellowstone National Park jealous. #My humble mando's first back:


Michael Kelly Legacy O Antique Sunset. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Apr-03-2005, 10:18pm
Man in the bright sun a weird figure surfaced on my mandolin.

Apr-03-2005, 11:31pm
I think I am absolutely terrified

first the disney small world pic, now this!
beginning to wonder about mando pickers in general (myself included)

Apr-05-2005, 5:48pm
Lightly flamed maple and black "imperial" Brazilian rosewood, here's my 2004 Faria, a reproduction of a 1736 Smorsone:

Apr-05-2005, 5:49pm
My ca. 1835 anon, again in maple and rosewood:

Apr-05-2005, 5:54pm
This weirdo is a ca. 1970 anonymous reproduction of a 16th-century vihuela de mano:

Apr-05-2005, 5:58pm
Alright, straying further from mandolin, but here's my current favorite guitar, a ca. 1850 Gebrüder Placht from Pest, Hungary:

Apr-05-2005, 7:33pm
Breedlove C12MP in quilted Maple


Apr-05-2005, 7:36pm
Larrivee D19M


Apr-05-2005, 8:25pm
Gibson Varnished Fern . . .

Apr-05-2005, 8:28pm
One-piece Collings MF5 Varnish Deluxe:

Apr-09-2005, 9:12pm
Taylor 314-CE LTD Koa & Sugar


Jeremy http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Daniel Nestlerode
Apr-10-2005, 11:21am
Getting back to one piece mandolin backs...
This was taken by a previous owner of my Capek Old Era. #The wood is European maple.

Apr-10-2005, 1:13pm
"The wood is European maple. "

I would bet the farm that it isn't...

See those 10-15 mm long red lines? #Worm track.
Common in Eastern North American Maple, and Chinese Maple...
I've never seen it in European, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist...

Daniel Nestlerode
Apr-10-2005, 7:02pm
"I spend lot of time choosing the timber. For the back plate I am using Bosnian maple which is the best one for violins and for music instruments generally." (http://www.capekinstruments.com/article1.html) Bosnia is in Europe, no?

I'm not saying I want your farm, http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif but perhaps the European maple with which you're familiar is not from Bosnia. This wood may also be a European species of sycamore from the maple family.

I don't really care what kind of wood it is except to talk about it. The mandolin is pretty and it sounds wonderful.


May-21-2005, 6:20pm

Just sold

May-21-2005, 6:21pm

May-21-2005, 8:30pm
Hey, t'ain't no mandolin!

May-21-2005, 8:35pm
Hey, t'ain't no mandolin!
Deys uh bunch o'geetars pictured!

May-21-2005, 8:38pm
(*Shhh!* I know...and some are mine)

Don Christy
May-22-2005, 9:01am
here's my Silver Angel back with varnish curing and not polshed out yet. I think she's gonna be a beaut


May-22-2005, 9:09am
this ain't a mando either, but it is tuned in fifths!
My Vita series tenor guitar. The spruce top has curl but that would be a different thread perhaps. BTW thats a one piece mahogany back about 15 inches across.

May-22-2005, 9:29am
Clark F5V...

May-22-2005, 11:20am
Very nice, mandolooter. ...But I've been surveying "Post a picture of your bowlback," and you are delinquent!

Jim Hilburn
May-22-2005, 12:38pm
The backside is all I can show off. I haven't finished buffing out the front.
Do you think I need to mow instead of buff?

Jim Hilburn
May-22-2005, 12:45pm
This picture sent me scurrying in to see what was on the scroll, but it must have been t-shirt fuzz.
The bug liked it.

Bill Snyder
May-22-2005, 2:14pm
Here is the back side of mine. Still need to buff it out but I just applied the last coat of shellac this morning so the buffing out will have to wait a while.

May-23-2005, 8:43am
Paul Hilaire 1962


Jeremy http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif

Rob Wallace
May-23-2005, 6:51pm
My Cedar Weber Yellowstone


May-23-2005, 9:31pm
Jim, I LOVE your sunburst. I don't like most because they get way too dark and hide the wood. I like wood grain. Your bursts are perfect, IMO. Great job! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jim Hilburn
May-24-2005, 8:52am
Thanks, Shane. It actually looks more sunbursty inside, but that intense sun makes it look more see-through.

Scotti Adams
May-24-2005, 9:49am
I would just like to say there are some fantastic pieces of wood out there that you great builders have put on backs of your mandos. You all are very talented..I wish I could make one some day..maybe one of these days. You all are a real talent. From your posts I learned alot and with ya'alls help made my choosing process alot easier..thanks again.

May-24-2005, 10:07am
I agree with you SJennings. If I were to ever order a burst I would sure be happy if it looks like Jim's, great looking mandolin.
Richard http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Dan Adams
May-24-2005, 10:16pm
Posted before, but worth an encore. Fisch #14, 80 year old European maple. Not one piece, and you should see the silk in the maple! Too bad it doesn't show in the photo. Dan

May-31-2005, 9:09pm
Phoenix #331
Bluegrass model
Red maple back and sides


The soundboard was activated on November 2 which is my birthday.

Jeremy http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif

Jul-02-2005, 12:28am
My F4 in the sun looks a bit different.

Oct-05-2005, 3:11am
My Silverangel #199


Coy Wylie
Oct-05-2005, 8:23am
Stanley #11


Mark Walker
Oct-05-2005, 1:12pm
Here's the backside of my latest Silver Angel. I had #197 custom-made by Ken Ratcliff; traded up to a new custom-made one. (#231)

Oct-05-2005, 1:22pm
Just posted this in another thread , but thought it belonged over here too.

Driftwoods #006 & #017

Ken Berner
Oct-15-2005, 3:21pm
WOW! After several of the above, I'm almost hesitant to show mine. Well, since you asked .... here is my '93 Flatiron A5 Artist (Carlson)./Users/kenberner/Desktop/IM000475.JPG

Don Christy
Oct-15-2005, 3:51pm
Here's my Silver Angel #225. It's got a varnish finish and looks and sounds like an old mandolin. It was made earlier this year and is really opening up and sounding great.

Oct-15-2005, 4:34pm
Red Diamond F5

Oct-17-2005, 1:32am
Here's an octave I'm finishing up.

Oct-17-2005, 8:45am
Here's my Holst C-5


Brad Weiss
Oct-17-2005, 9:59am
On another thread, but why not post it here too!

Oct-17-2005, 11:01am
hey b.pat,

those driftwoods (especially the blonde) are spectacular. love that quilted look!

Oct-17-2005, 11:04am

You should post that octave over in the OM thread, too. Some may have missed it here.

Good to see some more of you making these. Looks good!!!


Oct-17-2005, 11:19am
Thanks Paula-- maybe I'll wait a few weeks until it's done, and then post some pics in the CBOM section.

Mark Walker
Oct-23-2005, 11:13am
Here is a beautiful backside of a two-pointer Silver Angel I commissioned Ken Ratcliff to make for my cousin in memory of his late wife. (Ken named this Cynthia Jane.) Beautiful curly maple!

Jan-16-2006, 6:38pm
1904 Gibson A...dark and woodie looking and sounding...

Doug Edwards
Jan-16-2006, 10:36pm
Part of the Silver Angel backside show.

Jan-17-2006, 11:01am
Here is the backside of my Pomeroy #65 F4

Jan-29-2006, 2:25pm
My Gibson F5G


Bill Snyder
Jan-29-2006, 4:14pm
That F5G looks like it was carved out of piece of tigers eye. That is stunning.

Jan-30-2006, 11:01pm
This is my Brian Dean custom OM that's just been finished...I don't have it yet, but Brian sent me this nice pic. This is curly cherry with purpleheart binding (and a black pinstripe). I can't wait to see it in person!

J. Mark Lane
Jan-30-2006, 11:13pm

Are you psyched, or what!?

Jan-30-2006, 11:18pm
you can't imagine...

wait a minute... yeah, you (of all people) probably can! I expect it next week. check out the CBOM thread on it for more pics. The headstock and pickguard are jaw droppingly gorgeous. can't wait to see your bowlback!

J. Mark Lane
Jan-30-2006, 11:18pm
For some reason, the simple beauty of the back of my Glenn "Student Model" A5 really gets me. Very straight maple. Allen gets this stuff from some guy who makes wooden airplane props. It's pretty much perfect maple -- doesn't try to boast about it's appearance, just focuses on getting the job done. Does it well, too.

J. Mark Lane
Jan-30-2006, 11:20pm
...can't wait to see your bowlback!
I think the bowlback is going to be other-worldly. Frankly, I think he's insane. It's an insanity I can learn to love!

Jan-31-2006, 9:44pm
Oldwave #369.Didn't realize it wasn't already here.Birdseye.

Jan-31-2006, 9:52pm
That's insane!

Jan-31-2006, 9:52pm
Didn't realize I never posted a pick of the back of my mando without the ToneGuard seen on page one.

Jan-31-2006, 9:54pm
That's insane!
As Keanu might say, "Whoa!"

Keith Newell
Jan-31-2006, 10:30pm
Here's a picture of my personal player.

Feb-01-2006, 12:04am
That Old Wave is amazingly insane! It's rare that I see Bird's Eye maple that does it for me but that one definitely does!!

Feb-01-2006, 10:31am
agreed, Jeremy... that birdseye is wild!

Ted Eschliman
Feb-01-2006, 10:37am
Did somebody say "Old Wave?"

My new Old Wave Mandola:


oldwave maker
Feb-01-2006, 10:50am
summer of '95, contractor friend Kent is driving me around northern vermont looking for #curly, 300 yards from the canadian border we pull up to this farm with a hardwood for sale shingle out front, farmer takes us around back to this 24 ft wide shed packed to the 10 ft ceiling with 12 foot birdseye 2x12's- $3.60 bd/ft! #369 came from one of 2 boards I bought off the top- cut them in 3' sections and checked them thru as luggage on the flight home, when they broke over the top of the ramp of the baggage carousel people jumped back because it sounded like a bomb going off, then they wondered why anyone would be flying with farwood! Only years later did I connect with flush friends who said lets buy the pile and figure out what to do with it later! shoulda, woulda, coulda!

Jim M.
Feb-01-2006, 11:50am
Bill, your stories are great! It's like the J. Peterman catalog for luthiers. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Back to the backs. My new Arches F4:


Feb-01-2006, 12:18pm
Here's one from a 1929 Martin Style 20. The quality of workmanship on this mandolin is just amazing.

Thank ya Mr. Martin!

-Chris Rorrer

Feb-01-2006, 12:20pm
OK, one more...


Feb-01-2006, 7:49pm
You are a lucky soul, Chris.

Feb-01-2006, 8:18pm
the one that got away due to my poor internet connection last year...

Feb-02-2006, 12:27pm
Here's another backside... not fancy, but I love the subtle colors. It's a Bacon Professional.

-Chris Rorrer

Feb-02-2006, 11:18pm
My Brian Dean mando - koa sandwiched between cuban mahagony.

Feb-03-2006, 10:31pm
I put this in another thread, but I thought it belonged here too. How's that for some striped mahogany?

Feb-03-2006, 11:10pm

That last two point you posted just might make me change my mind about them. LOVE that profile!


Feb-04-2006, 7:25am

I'm decidedly biased on that subject...what's NOT to love 'bout a two-point? ;-)


Rick Crenshaw
Feb-04-2006, 8:50am
Odd profile with lots of flame.http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-10/870313/Cascadebacksmall.JPG

Feb-04-2006, 3:10pm
I'm decidedly biased on that subject...what's NOT to love 'bout a two-point? ;-)
It's just personal taste. Mostly, I dond't like the ones that are too exaggerated on the points. That one in particular is extremely pleasing as far as the curves and how they intersect. Some of the two points look like the points are just glued on as an after thought.

No biggie. Some guys like blondes, some like redheads. I like em all. .......depending. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

That one is a beaut, and the old timey looks of it are great.


Feb-04-2006, 3:45pm

Have you seen the Kimble two-point model? It has a really nice shape as well.


Feb-05-2006, 1:18am
Not sure. I'll have to look around....