Mando Trio..

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Project by Tomy Hovington posted 03-22-2015 04:37 AM 2185 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These Mandolins are the last 3 that I’ve build. I like to think of them as sisters… All of them are Maple back and sides, spruce top, and ebony fretboard with some small differences.

The blue one I called “The Seabreeze”

Top is AAA Engelmann spruce, Master curly Maple back and sides and Mother of Pearl fretboard block inlay.

The red one I called “The Wildfire”

Top is AAA Sitka spruce, Master Quilted Maple with angel step figure on the back and Quilted sides. Mother of Pearl fretboard block inlay.

And the yellow one is “The Beast”

Top is Bearclaw Sitka spruce and this piece was just insane, you can see on the third picture mostly on the treble side how intence the bearclaw is. Hence the mandolin name…Back and side are Master quilted Maple and ebony fretboard with Abalone block inlay.

The whole build was a lot of fun but really involved… And since I only use hand tools, there was a lot of carving, scraping,filing, and sanding…

I use Leather dyes to pop the grain, no paint on here… only hand rubed colors. The Wildfire has a blend of 5 colors on it..

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-- Tomy Hovington

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#1 posted 03-22-2015 06:03 AM

Very cool. How’d you do the fade?

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 03-22-2015 11:37 AM

Beautiful instruments. I view guitar makers to be craftsmen of the highest caliber.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 11:58 AM

These are just over-the-top outstanding. I’m a member of the Western Music Association and have friends who play the mandolin. I will be putting your website on my FaceBook page for my performing friends to admire. Thanks for sharing these works of art with us.

-- --Dale Page

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#4 posted 03-22-2015 12:53 PM

Absolutely fantastic work. You need to stop taking pictures with leather furniture as a backdrop. It takes away from your instruments.

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#5 posted 03-22-2015 09:54 PM

These look beautiful! I followed the link to your site and really identify with your journey – I’m just getting into lutherie and it definitely is the thing I’ve been missing too! A great blend of woodworking styles, tools, and passions. Great work, I look forward to more from you.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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Tomy Hovington

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#6 posted 03-23-2015 09:37 PM

Thanks everybody…

Terry I agree, photography is a new journey on it’s own and although those pictures were taken with my phone, I recently purchased my first DSLR. So in the future the quality of the picture will increase, and as time and experience settles in Ill probably be able to get some type of background that will showcase more the instrument and not my leather couch.

JMartel, I used leather dyes and Denaturalized alcohol(DA).. I start with the light colors 30% and DA 70%. From there I add 100% color working from the outside to the inside. after every color rub I used a rag soaked in DA and rub it on… This will leave color in the low grain and lighter stain on the high grain. Work the wood piece that way from the outside in until I get the desired finish. If you look at the Wildfire carefully you can see the 5 diferent colors from yellow, brown (light and dark, red and black .

-- Tomy Hovington

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#7 posted 07-07-2015 03:51 AM

I play mandolin. Would love to see how your play someday, they certainly are beautiful.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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