Course: May 2016
John Crawford    Premanand Giri    Ralph Johns    Jim Oxley    Pete Smith

Instrument details: John Crawford - 7 Course Lute


John has opted to make his own solid mould, starting with gluing up blocks of jelutong, a wood often used by patternmakers.

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The shaped mould before the rib facets are planed

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The spruce front is thicknessed to less than 2mm with the central area even thinner where the decorative rose will be cut.

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An upturned plane is ideal for fitting the ribs

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Starting to cut the rose

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The outside of the rose is detailed to give a 3d effect

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Gluing the braces. The braces that pass under the rose are stained black to make them less visible.

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Further small bars strengthen the delicate rose

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Gluing the fingerboard

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A peg shaver is easy to make with a tapered hole and a wide sharp blade

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The frets are made from gut and tied around the neck

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John with his finished lute

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The front has an extremely light finish, often none at all

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Course: May 2016
John Crawford    Premanand Giri    Ralph Johns    Jim Oxley    Pete Smith

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