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    Here's one of my personal favorites, from John Sullivan
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    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.

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    Here's the picture from Gruhn, where I bought my Fern, it shows front and back.
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    "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.... # #
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    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.
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    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?....

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    Here's my '21 F-4 with a Cremona brown finish and quilted back. This ain't your bigleaf type maple!



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    Here's the 3 point with hard maple back.
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    One more from Han's shop... this one is mine, nearly done. Slab sawn, hard maple I believe.

    edited -- It's Red Maple.



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    "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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Flowerpot @ Feb. 01 2005, 16:16)
    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....

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    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.
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    ...gawd....it dont get any better than that...

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    "Lemmee Guess...is the instrument unusually light in weight?"

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

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    One of my favorites, brown birch.
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    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...
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    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...
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    ...now we are gettin somehwere...simply stunning....

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    Here's my John Sullivan....

    Birdseye milled in '75....
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    Spruce..I bet youve got some drop dead gorgeous big leaf quilted maple you could part with dont ya?

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    Another quilted back.
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    ..hey I recognize that one....such a pretty thing.

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    Nugget Two-point:
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    Old Wave A #312 - curly maple



    Spira Mandola 2003 - Australian Blackwood (koa related)





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    1902 Martin Style 6 bowlback (a change of pace?) Brazilian rosewood with bazillion ribs.

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