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

Instrument details: Nick Tilley - Steel string guitar


Nick is planing the Sitka spruce front before cutting the shape.

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The thickness of the sycamore back is frequently checked with calipers, but the final judgment is made by a mixture of tapping and flexing the wood.

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Nick has prepared and fitted a single ring of cocobolo around the soundhole and is scraping it flush.

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The braces are lightened to make the front responsive whilst retaining strength and then profiled using a thumb plane.

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The bridge is then shaped and fitted before gluing to the front.

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Fine chisels are used to cut the recesses for the headstock inlay.

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In the traditional slipper heel method the sides are glued to the front via the tentellones which are fitted individually along the inside.

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Nick is planing the sides to height prior to the linings being fitted.

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The neck shape is achieved using a rasp, spokeshave and here, a plane.

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The cocobolo bindings and inlay are sealed by applying shellac with a fine brush to avoid the colour bleeding in the finishing process.

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The headstock, bound in cocobolo, with intricate mother-of-pearl inlay.

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Nick plays 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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