Summer waves…

It is always nice to reach this step, to see the main part of the instrument’s shape appear.
I attach great importance to the quality of the lamination of the 2 layers of solid wood. I always have in mind other approaches using fewer clamps, but I’m so used working this way, a method that gives me perfect result meeting my expectations every time.

Royal Flush

When using a scarf joint, it is important for my to correctly set its positioning according to the overall design of the head. For my Morency model, since I integrate veneers at the back of the head, I want to hide it in the transition between the head and the main part of the neck, having it only visible from the side and running at the right position.
As I appreciate the head having a gentler slope than the traditional method, my joint requires the combination of 2 cuts rather than one.
Another aspect concerns the main veneer for the back of the head, which comes directly from the main piece and which will later be laminated with the same alignment, and which gives to the whole neck the visual unity that I’m looking for while having contrasting decorative under veneers.

Tribute to Irving Sloane

Irving Sloane was born on this day, april 27th in 1925.

He was a self-taught luthier whose practical books on guitar construction and repair “paved the way” for many luthiers of my generation.

As a self-taught luthier like him, it is mainly his book “classic guitar construction” that I bought around 1978 which has become  my bible for so many years and without which my journey would have been  very different.

Another book from him,”Guitar Repair”, giving us the way to learn from the many fine craftsmen of the C.F. Martin Organization, was also of great importance in my learning.

I have always had the cover of his books strong in my mind and inevitably, when I reach the step having the neck & guitar ring tied together, the iconic cover of his “classic guitar construction” lights up strong again.

I had the opportunity to speak with him during the 90s about his famous  “Sloane” tuning machines among others. He was kind to sent me some early photos of his current model on the way.
It is only few years later that I was aware of his death from the lutherie community.
I still use his Ibex rule and small planes.

Here below there’s a link to an article about him from the New York Times published on July 3, 1998, few days after his death on June 21.


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