After many years now of making Koras and Shamisens and Igils and all sorts of other musical instruments, it seems that I am now going to include Guitars to the list. I will be making Flamenco and Classical Guitars primarily and will start with Flamenco Guitars and shift over to include Classicals soon enough.
Flamenco Guitar was my primary instrument for performing and composing on for many years and it is really great to be getting back into playing and now, of course, building as well. Please stay tuned for more about this beginning new adventure through the end of 2017 and into 2018 and, all willing, onwards.
Working on the outside of a Shamisen Dou shape after gluing, first with a hoof rasp
Working on a Tsugaru Shamisen dou (body) . At this stage, after cutting 45 degree angles and then a little tweaking and then gluing, I’m now doing some final shaping of the outside. The next step will to make the sao (neck) and once that’s done I’ll fit the sao to the dou.
Should be up and running mid October 2017
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The top photos are of the solera I’ve been working on. It’s pretty much done, I just have to dish out the body area (the part not shellac’d) Maybe you can get an idea of how it works in the last 2 photos!
The last photo is of a Go Bar Deck that Is finished now. It is used for clamping various things but especially the bracing on the top and back of a guitar. I still have to make or find some bendy sticks that will go between the top and bottom and that is how the gentle clamping happens.