My Instruments have carved and graduated tops and backs with steam bent sides. Solid woods are used throughout. Necks are reinforced with Carbon Fibre Bar rather that the traditional Truss rod.
I try to use native and reclaimed wood where possible. Some of the woods I have used are not often used in Mandolin construction.
Spruce – Sitka and European. This is wood that has to be imported. As far as I am aware, there is no UK grown Spruce suitable for instruments.
Red wood – imported fron the US.
Douglas Fir- not often used but I salvaged some old rafters from a skip after building work on a neighbour’s house. This is over 100 years old, with a very tight grain. I have made a 3 piece top using this, with good results.
Woods used for backs, sides and necks:
Mahogany – from old pianos, table tops and drawer fronts.
Sycamore – a member of the Maple family, grown in the UK and used by Violin makers.
Yew – Rarely used. From a log planked by my Dad about 45 years ago.
Elm – Rarely used. From local sources and from a reclaimed stair tread.
Birch – From old drawer fronts.
Ebony – I have puchased this for use on finger boards but am now trying to use Yew and Elm which result in a less traditional looking Mandolin. I also use Ebony, reclaimed from an old swing door handle, for bridges and tuner buttons.
Bridges, Tailpieces and Tuners.
I make my own bridges which are one piece and not adjustable. I find that once the mandolin is set up and has settled down, adjustment is not required.
I have recently started making tailpieces to my own design from brass with a wooden cover.
Tuners. I have, to date, used the basic Gotoh tuners which i find work well.