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    Looking good Ed! She's gonna be a beaut!


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    Beautiful work, Barry! Love the headstock shape and the inlay work. Nice.
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    Barry, that is a great looking mandolin! Love the peghead shape!

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    Ed, your Highland Strings 2 pointer is coming along nicely there!

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    Just finishing up this neckset.
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    Great stuff Jim!

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    My hat is off to all of you talented builders. I couldn't do that even if you handed me a bag filled with $100,000!
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    Dan....sure you could. People start on this adventure every day who had thought it couldnt be done by them, some with great results, some with not so steller results .

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    Jim, that is perfect! Nicely done!!

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    A few fretboards, 2 dyed and 1 not in my current F5 build.

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    Sealer coat.

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    [QUOTE=Jim Hilburn;898626]Just finishing up this neckset.

    Wow Jim, couldn't you get that joint any tighter !? Great work !!!

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    Before making mandolins took over my life I used to make whatever came to mind for myself. I was going to make a Les Paul type flametop. I have the mahagony body which I may use for blocks someday and a neck blank that won't ever get used for anything, but this top has been laying around for about 12 years so I figured I may as well use it for a mandolin back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hilburn View Post
    Before making mandolins took over my life I used to make whatever came to mind for myself. I was going to make a Les Paul type flametop. I have the mahagony body which I may use for blocks someday and a neck blank that won't ever get used for anything, but this top has been laying around for about 12 years so I figured I may as well use it for a mandolin back.
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    Dan....sure you could. People start on this adventure every day who had thought it couldnt be done by them, some with great results, some with not so steller results.
    Hm.. maybe you're right. Now all I need is that bag 'o $100,000 and I can get started!
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    Nice work, Doug! The mandolins look great!

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    Thanks Skip. Photos don't always reveal the little things you see up close, but we're still learning.

    I really appreciate the way you always have an encouraging word for everyone. You do great work as well.

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    I know I'm late to the party, but, pay attention kids (to the build-photos from Lawrence). He's one of the modern masters of the mandolin family builders. Also, amazing engraving on that tailpiece.
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    Here are some fun pictures of an F that I'm working on. If I scrape that Adi top just right, I can get each grain to cast it's own shadow. Under varnish, this is the grain texture that reminds you that yes, it WAS once a tree. Plus it feels nice--a tactile reminder of the same. In a hundred years, when it's accumulated some grime and dirt in those low areas, it'll really have character...
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    Doug, Thanks!

    Joseph, Those are super cool pictures! I love seeing the grain like that. That is one sweet looking top!

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    Joec,
    Quite stunning photographs and carving and scraping work! Am I correct that one pictures shows purfling on the inside of the top? If so, please explain why. I assume it's for crack prevention, but would like to hear from you on this. Of course, this may simply be an optical illusion.
    Will this instrument have the protruding top a la violin design?
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    They're all pictures of the outside of the instrument...wood purfling 4.something mm from the edge glued with hide glue. And yes, all of my instruments feature the overhanging edge Ó la violin construction. The edge and the purfling in combination are very strong protection against cracks from impact at the edge and provide a rigid structure at the perimeter (think exoskeleton!). In addition there's none of the materials stability/incompatibility issues that you find with plastic binding (shrinking and cracking). Well, wood will shrink and expand of course, but many old instruments have issues with shrunken, cracked and crumbling plastic at the edge.

    Binding? I'm just over it, and will be happy if I never use it again (been off the plastic since 2002). Also did I mention that I once got superglue in my eye? It flicked off a bit of springy binding. Another story for another time, but not inconsequential in the development of this design. Somehow I survived the incident with 20/20 in both eyes...
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    Joec,
    Quite stunning photographs and carving and scraping work! Am I correct that one pictures shows purfling on the inside of the top? If so, please explain why. I assume it's for crack prevention, but would like to hear from you on this. Of course, this may simply be an optical illusion.
    Will this instrument have the protruding top a la violin design?
    Thanks,
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    The grain on that top reminds me of the top on my A5 Joe. Love the way it looks. Modern and oldtimey.

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    Joe,
    That top center photo sure fools me. Great shot! and again a lovely job of carving and scraping.
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    I once was squeezing a plastic bottle of CA when it split open and totally soaked my hand. I was smart enough to leave my hand open. Then I soaked it with acetone and it got real hot for a few seconds. But I was able to peel it all off.
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