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Project by Tomy Hovington posted 03-15-2018 03:05 AM 1917 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was commissioned and was quite the undertaking. My customer wanted a Octave Mandolin with a archtop and flat backboard. Since there was no blueprints to make such an instrument I had to do research, compile information and sketch my own drawing to even start the project. This build stretch over a year and a bit and was just completed.

The wood used in this project is AAA quilted Maple back sides and neck, Engelmann AAA Spruce top, ebony fretboard, binding, and peghead veneer. Mahogany Kerf linning, Mother of pearl inlay.

let me know what you think of the Octave Mandolin..

I also made a detailed video series and the last video is a summary of them all. I’ll leave a link here for you to check!

VIDEO LINK
https://youtu.be/5OPd9_Bg6yk

Get the Octave Mandolin prints https://youtu.be/b72YZaAF-WE
http://www.hovingtoninstruments.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

-- Tomy Hovington





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#1 posted 03-15-2018 04:26 AM

That is absolutely stunning!

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#2 posted 03-15-2018 11:23 AM

Gorgeous. Great works!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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#3 posted 03-15-2018 12:25 PM

BEAUTIFUL WORK !

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#4 posted 03-15-2018 01:54 PM

Wow! And thanks for sharing the video link! I will probably be spending a bunch of time today looking at all of your other videos!

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#5 posted 03-15-2018 02:15 PM

Everything about this is amazing and beautiful.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 03-15-2018 04:19 PM

Crickey this is amazing!!!!

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 03-15-2018 04:38 PM

The words “amazing” “stunning” and “beautiful” have already been used. I’m left with “wow”. Wow

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 03-15-2018 07:39 PM

What a beautiful musical instrument.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 03-15-2018 07:46 PM

That is an absolutely beautiful instrument. Your craftsmanship and attention to detail is remarkable.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 03-15-2018 07:47 PM

That is an absolutely beautiful instrument. Your craftsmanship and attention to detail is remarkable.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 03-16-2018 12:34 AM

I am very impressed by this amazing piece of work. I’ve had a Seagull guitar that I’ve been planning on converting to one of these for several years now, but just have not gotten around to doing. I wish your video had some audio of the mandolin being played…

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#12 posted 03-16-2018 03:01 AM

Awesome! Get the need for a different word here!

-- Matt R

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#13 posted 03-16-2018 12:10 PM

I know nothing of mandolins, but I can say that this is absolutely gorgeous. Lucky client!

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#14 posted 03-16-2018 01:04 PM

Tomy, what stunningly beautiful creation. Any musician would be happy to have such a beautiful instrument to play. I have been toying with the idea of making a uke. Even that will be a stretch of my luthierian talents. Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 03-16-2018 01:10 PM

WOW, I SAY WOW!!! This is a true masterpiece, Beautiful and amazing great work, Tommy.

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