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    I don't know that's it's the prettiest but it's definitely nice to look at. I usually also like the subtle beauty of things. This one time i decided to go "Big". Heirloom big...i have always preferred D18 over their fancy brothers and sisters for example.

    * well, there was that one Northfield too i guess.
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    I love these the urn type-reminds me of the almost certain death "I beat" as my Doc told me I had coming and a year left to live in late 2011 early 12!

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    Torch every time or an abbreviated Fern without the leaves etc around the truss rod cover is my taste. This Old Wave F4 inlay is definitely elaborate maybe but I don't see it as pretty, although each to his own, as they say.

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    This is by no means the prettiest ever but maybe the prettiest I ever did.
    A lady who ordered a mandolin sent a drawing of this, otherwise I would have never thought of it.
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    Holy Cow! That is a bit too much, huh? Thanks for posting!
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    I have always enjoyed Michael Heiden’s wheat sheaf inlay.
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    Here's a favorite of mine

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    Since I started the thread, I will post Audey Ratliff's work on my '99 R-5. More traditional than elaborate, I suppose:
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    In my opinion, for sheer beauty and balance, it's hard to beat the classic torch and wire inlay from Gibson.

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    In my opinion, for sheer beauty and balance, it's hard to beat the classic torch and wire inlay from Gibson.

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    sblock, Love this one much!
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    That said, Don Paine (of Glenwood Springs, CO) did some truly lovely and imaginative work on his earliest Pomeroy F5 mandolin pegheads. Alas, the more recent Pomeroy models don't reach quite the same level of beauty -- although they're sounding better and better.

    This one (#8) features a hummingbird hovering over two flowers:
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    And this one (#5) shows a bird of paradise under the moon and stars:

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    Sorry, couldn't resist.
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    That is a spectacular piece of Brazilian...

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    There's such a great range of inlays I've seen on mandolin headstocks. I think it's almost impossible to call anything inlaid on the F style headstock (already a thing of ostentatious design) over the top. I like them from just a tasteful script to the audacious cacophony that is the Butch Baldassari's white Gibson F5

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    My personal favorite is the Torch and wire with Handel Tuners.

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    Still my favorite.

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    Here's my Art Deco version of the Toronto skyline featuring the CN Tower. The truss rod cover is the reflection in Lake Ontario. Yorkville is a neiborhood in Toronto that had a very rich musical culture in the 60s and early 70s. This is my homage to the stylings of the D'Angelico jazz guitars of the 40s and 50s.

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    I knew Ray Alden but did not know that his dragon design was on an F4. A great combination of a Fairbanks flowerpot peghead inlay and a Bacon Chubby Dragon. Ray's dragon has been working out.
    I am partly responsible for showing Ray the work of Antonio Tsai. He designed a few banjo and mandolin inlays and sent to designs to Tsai to create them on ebony overlays. This one he sent to Bill Bussmann to use on this F-4.
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    Iíve always loved the classics, torch and wire, ferns, flor de lis, but Iíve really been impressed with the work from Ellis mandolins, especially the ones that stray slightly from the norm, saw this fern/flower pot hybrid recently and I canít stop thinking about it

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    M Great Blue Heron custom Club Jazz headstock inlay, by Mr. Apitius. (art provided by me…

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    Are those Snakewood buttons on the Apitius ?

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    Are those Snakewood buttons on the Apitius ?
    I veneered the buttons with Madrone and hand shaded them.
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    Mr. Apitius builds some mighty fine stuff, impressive inlays, choice woods and spectacular sounds, not to mention drop dead gorgeous looking mandolins! I'll know all about it in a year and half? Somewhere along those lines

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