21. Inlay

Now begins the task of inlaying the rosewood and mahogany into the front soundboard, slowly gluing it in place piece by piece …

Gluing the inlay in place

Gluing the inlay in place

before carefully planing ….

Planing and sanding

Planing and sanding

and then sanding it down …

Inlay through the Aestheticodes app

Inlay through the Aestheticodes app

It’s challenging work to be sure; there’s a large amount of inlay here, from larger blocks to the fine filaments that line the edges of the soundholes. Working the soft and fragile Spruce is also difficult. It’s a painstaking challenge, frustrating at times, but slowly, piece by piece, the front of Carolan guitar emerges.

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