Celluloid pieces. Gold and silver
laminates are adhered underside with acetone solved
clear celluloid glue.
gold piece, with too much acetone glue, the dark brown color
of Blackwood, which is soluble to alcohol, bled and is dyed
dark partially .
Sanded and engraved.
veneered with Blackwood, is engraved and inlayed.
African blackwood looks
like Ebony but it’s a kind of rosewood. Very heavy and hard.
In Japan, an average grade
Shamisen has Pterocarpus indicus neck, higher grade one has
rosewood neck, highest grade has Red sanders neck.
Red sander is very heavy
and hard, and extremely rare and expensive , too.
On the contrary, in spite
of the grade , most of Shamisen have Pterocarpus indicus
So, Pterocarpus indicus
body(rim) is best choice for sound box and for the neck
wood, the heavier and harder, the better.
Glued with center
Vinnie sent this brass flange of unknown origin to me. It
is very heavy and sturdy but the flange openings are in
oblong shaped and not charming.
done with jig saw and
Art Deco inspired design.
bronze and gold MOP were used other than usual white MOP and I
into one inlay so that it shows different reflection of light
. I used black pearl, bronze
pearl and gold pearl. Stars fell on Alabama.
in the black sky.
It’s a shirt button. Glued to the neck. Block rim of pterocarpus
indicus One ply of the same wood
added to make it stronger. Turned to fit with
flathead tonering. This is blackwood
tonering. FINAL PICS
Finished. The long arm rest is
given by Vinnie. Thank you.
Tension Lock Tailiuece from Dan Goodrich
Another beautiful creation!
Thank you Mash, for sharing these pictures and your process.