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    I started building an archtop tenor guitar, the back plate is apple wood, as I was getting deeper into what looked like a clean piece of wood, I started to notice a knot appearing!

    The wood was given to me as a trunk section around 6 years ago, I managed to split it in half with wedges, it was not a very clean break but had nice colour.

    So I persevered with the shaping only to now expose a piece of lead!
    I can only imagine this is a .22 bullet that must of been fired many years ago and had completely healed over.
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    Default Re: I found this…..

    Cut out the middle and glue in a centre strip?
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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    Default Re: I found this…..

    Custom inlay, charge a bit more.
    My avatar is of my OldWave Oval A

    Creativity is just doing something wierd and finding out others like it.

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    Leave it, maybe stabilize with superglue, and you truly will have a one-of-a-kind instrument with a compelling story! Really cool to have along with the spalted figure in the maple.

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    I have a picture somewhere of the owner of one of the smaller custom guitar builder shops using a metal detector on a log before they resawed it. I'm going to guess it's a common occurrence.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: I found this…..

    The bullet is there to stay, I am building it to order, the prospective new owner was quite amused to see it and happy to keep it!

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    It is kind of interesting to see how the tree handled the damage caused by the bullet. I was never able to obtain the bullet that was pulled out of my leg but if I could have I would have made it into something worth keeping
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Pretty cool.
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    Default Re: I found this…..

    I found it. Richard Hoover of Santa Cruz Guitars.
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