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Forum topic by paulmon posted 04-05-2018 01:27 AM 619 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2018 01:27 AM

I’ve built a few simple instruments but I’m finally stretching myself and attempting a bowlback mandolin. I have a lot of wood working experience but this looks like a challenge.

I used to take photographs of my projects but for the last few months I’ve been learning how to do video and so I’ve just finished the first video of some prep work that I’ve been doing. I fully expect this to take a while, but I’ll keep this thread updated as I progress, and I gladly invite any advice along the way.

TIA

Paul M

http://openwoodshop.com/instruments/mandolinprep1.php


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#1 posted 04-05-2018 02:40 AM

I’m a somewhat mandolin player, and when I was in college years ago, I got a degree in music, with a minor in bluegrass music….In our ensemble room we had a bowlback mandolin….and out where I’m from we called it a “taterbug” mandolin…..It was kind of hard to hold on to, cause it wanted to roll around….!!!

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#2 posted 04-05-2018 03:28 AM

I remember my dad called his a taterbug as well.

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#3 posted 04-16-2018 03:00 AM

So here is part 2 of the Bowlback Mandolin project. It only gets more interesting from here!

http://openwoodshop.com/instruments/mandolin2.php

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