Pick the Flattering Light

A Comedy of Errors

Building a guitar is a little like cooking a seven course dinner with the exception that you can take as long as you want; no hungry guests at the table trying to stretch out the hors d’oeuvres while you struggle with the almondine. I finally had the rosette designed, built…


No going back now, glued in good

Okay, so the rosette is the main round object here. I did use my bending iron to form the purfling rings, it’s round, and the top is kind of round, but mostly the title needed a little alliterative punch, so accuracy takes a back seat.

I got stuck on the…


Care to take a seat? A Moravian

If you want to get a hot argument going in a group of dedicated woodworkers simply ask them which work bench is the best. Some will swear by the Danish style, others the Roubo. The Nicholson has its fervent advocates and lately the upstart Moravian is cutting a swath in…


The semi-finished product

Can’t Duck This Any Longer

If I want to work on the guitar soundboard, plane it down to thickness, brace and voice it, I have to first install the rosette. This circular inlay around the sound hole can be spare and simple or incredibly ornate, but given that the spruce plate for the top starts…


Sculpting the Braces…aka “voicing.” All photos by Author.

I’m running out of easy steps on this guitar build, and since the back is basically the sound reflector, secondary to the sound producing spruce top, I decide to give it some attention. …


Photo by Ashley Jurius on Unsplash

When your friends tells you they are “dying to go to Disneyworld” you understand that they aren’t willing to lose life itself to see the magic kingdom…they are just using a figure of speech. Here in the “red states” however that phrase is getting ever closer to reality. With Idaho…


I haven’t yet built or bought a circle cutter, which means I can’t yet work on the guitar top. Once the spruce plates that will make the top, or sound board, are joined the next move is to install the rosette, the decorative inlay that encircles the sound hole. I…


Photo by Mahdi Bafande on Unsplash

As president Biden has said, “Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value”. There’s a corollary to that in the Texas state legislature’s latest attack on abortion rights; Show me your legislation and I’ll tell you what you despise. There’s little doubt that many of the Texas…


There’s one half close

At some point in any project you have to stop stalling and start working on the expensive wood. …


Photo by Landon Parenteau on Unsplash

Another smoky summer here in the intermountain west and the fires in California, Oregon, and Washington have turned our air into Los Angeles 60’s smog revisited. …

John Griswold

Master carpenter, watercolor artist, beat up old jock and somewhat reluctant care giver, owned by Black Lab Bo who considers two tennis balls a minimum mouthful

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