Category Archives: Lutherie

A Guitar Foot Stool

Still working on finishing up a host of never-completed projects! So, I dug out the parts I had cut out a few years back. This was all leftover mahogany pieces and the only thing I had to purchase was some … Continue reading

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A Neck Routing Jig

A well-fit neck is essential to any stringed instrument. I’ve had decent success, but in order to execute this important  joint it would help to have something that would make it easier to get consistent, accurate results. I recently discovered a … Continue reading

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A Greek Tzouras (Τζουράς) for my collection

In addition to the Sitar project I posted recently I have several other instruments in various states of completion. So this week, because I’ve been on vacation (work shutdown) I have been using my time to get another project completed. … Continue reading

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A sitar comes back to life

I have been fascinated by the sitar ever since I first heard George Harrison play Norwegian Wood when I was young. It was December 1965 and I bought the newly released Rubber Soul album while shopping with my mother at … Continue reading

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A couple of artist’s tools

I’ll soon be attending another icon workshop with the Prospon School and I wanted to bring along a couple of tools I had made for the last workshop I attended. But, they were much too large both for what I … Continue reading

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And now a site overhaul . . .

I have upgraded my wordpress plan and now people will be able to reach the site @ http://luthierconfessions.blog In addition I have been working on migrating all of the content from my http://www.bostonbalalaika.com site here and will eventually point that … Continue reading

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Neapolitan Mandolin – back to life

Back in 2011 I did a project to rebuild a circa 1900 Neapolitan mandolin. This was my 2nd mandolin project. The first was to restore another Neapolitan for a friend with whom I worked. Perhaps in another post . . . … Continue reading

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Update long overdue . . . a new workshop

It has been quite a while since I posted. I have been working on a few projects over the past 18 months (more about that later). But over the past few months I have been completely redefining and updating my … Continue reading

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A little Tool work

For my birthday last year my wife gave me a set of antique planes (Hollow & Rounds, Nos. 2-18 Even), which I proceeded to clean, polish, sharpen and otherwise restore to working order. I then went on to find and … Continue reading

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It’s about time…

Well, I’ve finally gotten something accomplished in the workshop. Just completed this flamenco style ‘ukulele based on the famous 1951 Barbero Flamenco, Ex Sabicas (plans from The Big Red Book, Vol. 5 or from GAL Plan). While not an exact … Continue reading

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