I built this jig fixture to rough cut a neck blank with a shaper, a tool that deserves full attention when in use. It references the slot cut for the carbon fiber. I then final carve the blank by hand.
The curly maple bindings are scraped on another mandolin body. This vacuum clamp really works well for holding the instrument steady while doing that work.
A beautiful winter morning in Michigan.
I’m performing with the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra. We had a Christmas concert at a beautiful church in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Listen/purchase: Songs We Just Learned Demo by Montgomery Brown
This mandolin is ready for the lacquer finish.
I’m building this mandolin for a friend of mine. He came to the shop for the final shaping of the neck.
Inlaying the pearl logo.
A woodblock percussion instrument I built. I used Jatoba wood for the tone bars.
Fred Willson of An Dro playing his mandolin I built. It was great to see the performance.