Course: January 2006
Joel Banman    Kate Bomphrey    Tiger Coleman    Josep Helgason    John Skelton    Nick Tilley

Instrument details: Joel Banman - Steel string guitar


A joining jig is used to glue the two halves of the front together. Wedges are tapped in to force the pieces together.

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Joel is using a cabinet scraper to surface the walnut for the back prior to cutting out the shape.

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Go-bars are used to clamp the strengthening strip along the back join.

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Joel has made a classical style rosette involving a repeating pattern of mosaic tiles of his own design. The outer rings have been inlaid in the front leaving a channel in which the tiles are set - these will be scraped flush when dry.

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After gluing the braces, they are planed to height, profiled and scalloped at the ends.

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The heel is shaped prior to assembly while easily accessible, primarily with rasps.

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Joel is starting to bend the walnut sides on an iron.

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After the frets have been stoned they are re-profiled using a concave fret file.

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The guitar is lacquered and Joel is flattening the lacquer through many grades of very fine abrasive to achieve a high gloss.

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A view of the join from the back shows how Joel has resolved a cutaway into a traditionally shaped heel to great effect.

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Joel and his finished instrument.

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Course: January 2006
Joel Banman    Kate Bomphrey    Tiger Coleman    Josep Helgason    John Skelton    Nick Tilley

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