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American Lutherie #84
Winter 2005

This issue's cover shows the able hands of luthier Chris Burt marking the edge of a violin's back plate in prepartation for carving the exterior arching.

19th-Century Rosette Marquetry for 21st-Century Guitars
by Gregory Byers

If you remember Greg Byers' amazing article on classic guitar intonation from a few years back, you know that Greg is a detail man. In this issue he brings that laser-like focus to bear on making rosettes. Watch him make ribbons, ladders, and wheat.

Meet the Maker: Del Langejans by Mark Swanson
Meet Del Langejans, a one-man shop with thirty-five years of experience. He builds some unusual stuff, like these double-neck, double-top guitars. Cool!

Rib Depth of Guitars with Spherically Domed Plates
by R.M. Mottola
R.M. Mottola takes a look back at the various methods of fitting guitar sides to spherical tops and backs. Turns out there are a number of practical and clever ways to do it, and this overview will help you decide which method will work best for you. The photo shows a very direct method using a sort of topographic map of concentric circles first proposed by Michael Darnton.

Manuel Reyes: Guitarrero by R.E. Brune
Manuel Reyes is a respected and active maker of flamenco guitars working in Cordoba, Spain, along with his son Manuel Jr. In this issue we present a brief overview of his career, photos of several of his guitars, and a reduced image of our new full scale instrument plan: a 2003 Reyes flamenco guitar measured by Tom Blackshear. GAL Instrument Plan #53.

Arched Plate Carving, Part One: Establishing the Surface by Chris Burt
In American Lutherie #83, Chris Burt talked about measuring an arched-top instrument in preparation for building one. Well, now we have gotten down to business. In detailed steps, Chris takes us through the process of carving an arched plate. Although he is using traditional violin-making techniques, he demonstrates on a mandolin plate and the methods are also applicable to archtop guitars. In future issues of AL he will continue through the graduation of the plates.

Resurrecting the Family Banjo by John Calkin
That is one ugly break! Looks like this old family banjo is a candidate for resurrection. That's author John Calkin's term for a quick and workmanlike job of getting an old instrument playable when it does not rate a real restoration. It was a neglected piece of junk. Now it is being played. Everybody's happy.

It Worked for Me by Scott van Linge and Peter True
A quick mod to your block plane improves its functioning. Another example of the good stuff in our “It Worked for Me” column.

This issue also contains a thoughtful piece about the value and challenges of apprenticeship, a product review of the Luthiers Friend sanding jig, our Questions column, plus reviews of a CD-ROM, a DVD, a videotape, and a book.

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