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    It is always a relief when all the little pieces for a complex inlay are finally safe in each of their pockets!

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    This "Fancy Floral" Sorensen F8 with 3D Binding was no easy feat, I'll admit. Perhaps closer to 'slightly insane'.

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    Steve, that looks like a lot of hard work! It looks great!

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    Here's a couple of pics of a sunburst I just completed. It looks so dull at this stage.

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ID:	166552 here are a few things that are on my work bench.. I have a couple of F style mandos and one A style mando along with about fifteen F rims and eleven A rims and makings for twenty three piece necks.. I've worried about glueing with the cold weather, but spring is finally here.. there has been a lot of saw work and lots of bending over a hot pipe.. I hope I have a good start with warm weather coming on....
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    Skip that’s a fantastic one piece back. Lp
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ID:	166557 the mandolin on the top right has a lacewood back plate.. the top is cedar from an 80 year old power pole.. a friend works for a power company and removes old poles .. this was before they started coating their poles.. he gave me a 5ft by 30in piece milled into 2in slams.. there has been a lot of waste to avoid flaws but there are still dozens of top plates left in the pile.. the few I've used have a nice warm sound.. they do have to be a little thicker thu for strength
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    Spring winds are great for outdoor final sanding before staining, but it was fun to test drive in the white....
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    Shippey "Tone" Octave mandolin:
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    Waiting for Waverlies . . .

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    Douris A5 #11 in progress.

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    Steve, I really like how you continue the inlay into the truss rod cover. Not sure if I have ever seen that but it looks great. The whole mandolin looks terrific.


    Amazing work by all, I appreciate the pictures.

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    Three of a kind.

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    Test drives complete and ready for finishing.

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    Three of a kind.

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    Test drives complete and ready for finishing.

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    I love the block inlays and the custom tailpiece shape. Will they get traditional sunburst finishes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron McMillan View Post
    I love the block inlays and the custom tailpiece shape. Will they get traditional sunburst finishes?
    Ron,
    Yes, all three are going to be in fairly traditional sunbursts.
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    moving right along......
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    With the turn from spring to summer, the current Sorensen mandolin crop is ripening nicely . . .

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    This is my latest mando family build, Wilson WH-5 #23 mandola ready to be shipped tomorrow to a client in Georgia. This took a lot longer than I anticipated due to a lot of travelling last year and an unanticipated surgery I had earlier this year. This is Sitka topped with figured eastern maple back, sides and neck, Waverlys, Cumberland Acoustics bridge and James tailpiece. The vintage style truss rod cover is in maccasar ebony and the repro pick guard includes a replica date stamp. It includes EVO gold frets, MOP nut and a multi coat hand rubbed Truoil finish.
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    Hey Cuz--that is a a truly stunning 'dola!

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    Real connoisseurs know that the freshest new designs, and tastiest early summer varieties, may only be harvested from the most carefully tended Mandolin Orchard.

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    Tucked away, in the quiet corner of a sunny California's temperate Santa Susanna mountain valley known to locals as Santa Clarita, the Sorensen crop is allowed to mature and ripen without the rushed urgency of stressed production quotas and impatient executive oversight.

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    Steve, those are sweet!

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    Steve you and Bill over at Waveland amaze me with your drying methods. if you hung one outside from a tree in this part of the country you would get bird droppings, pollen and insect signatures.
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    Thanks, Skip and Hank!

    Looking forward to hearing how these two sound for pickers at the California Bluegrass Association's Father's
    Day Festival next week. Lot's of experimentation which has to prove itself under harsh jamming conditions.

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    Here's some photos of my mandolin in progress by Brian Dean.
    This is his German Flat-back, which I have requested he build with a fluted back.
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    That’s gonna be beautiful Bill. Keep us updated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Clements View Post
    Here's some photos of my mandolin in progress by Brian Dean.
    This is his German Flat-back, which I have requested he build with a fluted back.
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    Thanks for posting these photos Bill, they're really interesting. So, are the flutes carved into the back?
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