Ron did the engraving and carving, and detail paintwork of the theme.
and I had it plated, then I built the instrument with lacquer finish over his work.
I sent it to Rob in that fashion and after awhile he wanted some upgrades.
I had another page on that entire build but I have since condensed the 2 phases
So here are some pics of it before and during upgrades
Ron has done many jobs for Dale as well as other Luthier's in the industry.
Testing the design
upgrades by Raymer
Rob had asked for a GRAND CANYON theme for
Ron was only to happy to oblige us and I asked him to create
out of his mind, not mine or Rob's.
Sometimes it's best to let the Artist have his on way, you will get a better result!
Our Original Rough Sketch
And I wanted a border and some life...so Ron came up with a real cool "Portal" effect for me.
Lightened up a bit and some life forms added... sweet
Now for some clear, and to get the rim up to the Master for some more details
Ron got the pieces back to me and as usual I LOVED the theme once I could look at it all together again
Im getting the sealer over his acrylics right away as we like to do.
As the clear builds, the depth will build with it...
That Jackass has to be Rob..............
...Because Raymer gave him a banjo to ward off Coyotes!
My wife Karen was the first to spot it, she had on glasses! LOL
Good one Ron!
Now it starts to show where its heading, and
back to the Desert soon!
I can't wait to get a few more coats of
clear on and
get her back together
Thanks again Ron, this one is going to be a Sandblaster !
Head back to tension, ready to string up
Nice tall Farquhar bridge and heavy gauges
I still have about 5 coats of clear to go on the back, but here is a mock up look
I will add coats on this until its where I need to be and then Ill get a few final shots
Resonator back remounted and ready to go
Ready to go back to Rob and make some Music!
I think its been a nice upgrade and the banjo is surely more beautiful thanks to Mr Ron Raymer
Without good people such as Ron, I would never have been able to accomplish these creations.
Thanks for watching