I started this blog to chronicle my guitar-making and thoughts on family history. Each guitar I deliver will be accompanied by a commentary extracted from this blog. I also have a goal to work with my sister and other family members to capture the Mercer family history, particularly as it relates to our ancestors' service in the Civil War and prior pioneering movements.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Not sitting on my thumbs (ouch!)
OK, to start with, do any of you blogging folks out there know how to arrange pictures in a blog post so they don't take up so much space and they stay where you put them? I make them small and add a caption, and mark them left, right, or center. But I can't make them stay where I put them. Any help would be appreciated.
Ideas for earth inlays
A bit o' finish on side plate
Now concentrating on C's guitar: The neck and fretboard are finished to the rough stage that will be finished upon assembly, I'm testing tops that I already have joined, but do not want to join any more until the humidity drops some. Joining or assembly in high humidity is risky business and since I don't have A/C or humidity control in my shop (that I can afford to run, anyway), I'm at the mercy of the global warming elements. I came up with an idea for the fretboard, but after completing a mock-up, I'm not sure it's the way to go. If you look at the photo on the left, the lower piece is a spare fretboard I inlaid with what I'm calling an "earthrise" motif. Starting with a sliver and progressing up to a "full earth" at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 12th frets. On the upper image, the earths are just stuck on with 2 sided tape, and here, I show another possibility and that is full earths on each of the positions. I'm almost thinking that the whole idea is just too much.
In the center of the left photo is a bridge with the earth dots inlaid. This I like and will probably do.
In the right hand photo is a side plate, which I'm thinning in prep for bending. To show how the wood will look under finish, I french polished a bit of the end. I doesn't show up too well in the photo, but it's gonna look wonderful. I'll continue to do everything except assembly until I get a break in the weather or some other alternative for climate control.
Next trick: to assemble a chronicle of building Laura's guitar. Not sure how this will work, but stay tuned.