Carving the Burl Body pt. 1

This stuff is tough. I found that the snap in microplabe blades aren’t as sharp as the others. I could have just had bad luck but the hacksaw rasp blade is just a beast. Removes so much stock so neatly it only takes a few seconds with some 80 grit to make it super smooth….

Top Glued and Templates Bandsawed

Spend some time at the Downtown Artist Space in LA. Burris was super helpful and helped me get started at the bandsaw. For my first time using it I think I did really well. I managed to cut out the head plate shapes, head scarfs, body and tops. I also got the templates cut and…

Ready for Cutting and Routing

After my haircut I managed to make it to Reta’s Cabinets owned by Rudy Reta. Super nice guy who’s been helping me shave hours off my sanding time with the huge sanding machine you see in the picture. The two giant rolls sand from 80 to 120 so the final product is pretty awesome looking….

Carving the Horn

So I finally started carving the burl maple top. I’ve been so enamored by the roasted maple I’ve neglected this build. The walnut top is also joined so now it’s time to take all these glue ups to a giant drum sander and make them flat and nice. After that it’s off to the workshop…

Truing and Gluing pt. 2

Walnut top trued and glued. I also sketched out the carve areas in order to visualize them better. I’m determined to move away from the whole chamfered armrest thing. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that it’s associated with blackmachine too much and is way overused. These carves aren’t original, but they…

Truing and Gluing

Used Anthony Murkar’s awesome smoothing plane for this. My whole room smelled like maple syrup and pancakes. This method is not that efficient and requires a lot of checking but it will eventually get the job done. I clamped it down but had some more difficulty than usual because of the live edge on one…

Carving Lines & Prepping the Roasted Maple Build

So I took some time and roughed in the areas to carve on the burl maple. Then I turned my attention to the body blank for the roasted maple syrup build. This guitar is gonna look regal. It’s going to have a nice dark Indian rosewood fretboard on a tiger rosewood neck. My goal, as…

Sweet Lord of Roasted Maple

Oh my god… Pictures don’t do this any justice. Roasted maple is just beautiful to behold and it smells wonderful as well. I’m going to use as much of this wood as I possibly can. Even gonna make truss rod covers and picks or something else… Ugh so nice I also found an old walnut…