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.

Woods

I try to use native and reclaimed wood where possible. Some of the woods I have used are not often used in Mandolin construction.

Top wood:

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.