Palo Escrito back& sides

Palo Escrito back& sides
2014 April Palo Escrito flamenca

Monday, August 15, 2011

Headstock pic

New Headstock design with a wash coat of finish. Thai rosewood on a Spanish cedar neck. Sloane tuners

Port Orfrd Cedar back and sides blanca with Red Cedar top Under construction now

ETA late August- I'll post more in progress shot when the back is glued on later this week.

A new rosette

A new moth pattern rosette. Moth pattern tile with green lines and red bars. This one will look nice under a finish.

Back to the blog

I've taken a break from blogging for about two months now. It was due to too much to do and a some back pain issues with typing at the computer. I decided to save my back for guitar work and the last two months have been under the excellent care of Eric Smith, a guitar playing chiropractor in El Cerrito CA.

I will be posting more blog entries now, perhaps two a week. Stay tuned.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Afternoon with Igor

I was washing my clothes to day at the laundromat on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland California. I loaded my clothes in the cylinder, added the detergent and two dollars in coins. The coins fell into the slot and made a sound like a xylophone. Coin operated washing machines are really musical if you listen to them carefully.
After I listened to my round metal disks drop into the gears and guts of the washing machine making sounds like a few triangle strikes in an orchestra, I waited for the flood of water into the perforated metal barrel that my clothes were lumped into.

I walked up the avenue to pass time while my clothes spun in the water. I looked into the window of the nail salon five doors up from the laundry. It was kind of dark in there with a row of big cushy chairs in which women were sitting. At the foot of each chair was a big black rectangular basin of water. The women were soaking their bare feet the water, some with pants rolled up to mid calf. I did not want to stare so I decided to move on, but before I did I saw one man in the middle of two corpulent women. He was diminutive in stature, hunched forward with an intensity to his gaze that did not seem to fit in the indolent calm of the nail salon. He grasped at a magazine, and held in his mouth a cigarette holder in which was stuck a long unlighted white cigarette. He leaned back in his chair, but his gazed never relaxed, it was then that I was struck by how much he looked like Igor Stravinsky.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Two in progress- Uke and Guitar

In progress images of two instruments which will be done soon.

On the left a Concert Uke with Birds Eye Maple body and Port Orford Cedar top. the headstock veneers are made of slices of Ebony laminated together to create stripes from dark and light colored variations in the Ebony. Sometimes Ebony has light colored sap wood that can create dramatic stripes in the wood. I like to utilize the dark on light wood for detail work on instruments.

On the right is the back of a flamenco guitar made of Malaysian Blackwood. it also has naturally occurring light on dark striping.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Seven string Classical / Brazilian jazz guitar

A new 7 string classical and a link to a sound sample .

This guitar features a Western Red Cedar top with Indian Rosewood back and sides. It is designed with seven strings tuned BEADgbe.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Stephen Faulk Blanca Flamenco guitars-special promotional price

Many people have been responding to my email with questions about guitars, but at this time can't make a commitment at the price range on my web site which is 4600.00. I've decided to make a limited run of blancas and offer them at a reduced price to promote my instruments. They will be made with Port Orford Cedar I have been saving for ten years. I have built three very nice guitars with this wood.

Not an imitation of some famous builders guitar; an original hand made guitar by a maker who understands flamenco guitars with a track record for making tasty

The price is $3300.00

The offer stands until all five sets of Port Orford Cedar are spoken for.

The details:
The rosette will be simple, but elegant. Concentric circles lines with one small tile element, my modern versions of the rosettes on Esteso, Santos and Manuel Ramirez blancas.
My new head stock design
Twelve hole bridge
Binding on the back plain, binding and purfling on the face.


1. Spruce or Cedar top
2. Pegheds mechanical Pegs or Gotoh
3. Soundport

Terms: $400.00 deposit to reserve a place on this special list. The first person in line will receive their guitar in August. You can return the guitar in five days in perfect condition for a deposit refund. Buyer must pay shipping both ways.

Shipped with exterior box in a light weight foam nylon travel case. Buyer pays for shipping. I can provide the package weight and dimensions ahead of time to calculate shipping price.

An example of this type of Port Orford Cedar blanca guitar can be seen in this video:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Comments open to the public

I reset the comment format to accept comments from the public. I make guitars professionally with an emphasis on flamenco and classical guitars.

This is an example of one of my rosettes. It's a white moth design on a black background. You can hear this guitar by looking at the videos in the YouTube window on the right hand side of the blog. It's is being played by Don Soledad.

I hope you look through my blog and leave messages and feedback about my guitars. Please inquire via email about prices, I'm happy to talk publicly about my designs and building philosophy.
A full price list with standard options will be published soon.

Monday, April 11, 2011

New headstock design

I've reworked my headstock design. Let me know what you think. This one is roughed out, ready to assemble with the body. When the whole box is put together with the back on I'll refine the shapes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Two new guitars coming up- A rosewood and a blanca, both flamenco guitars

Oh my goodness, could it be? Yes it is that Malaysian rosewood spruce top flamenco guitar I've been working on. My, my.

Good old Barbero /Santos bracing pattern. This guitar should rock........

The rosewood guitar has a spruce top and the blanca a cedar top. Updates coming soon......

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Projects- Concert Uke

Yup, I'm starting a Concert Uke, got the neck and the wood picked out. It's going to be Birds Eye Maple back and sides and Spruce top.

This should be easy right?
Check back for updates. Ukes are FUN!!@WHOO HOO!!@@

now I feel manic.....

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Seven String on the way

This is my second seven string. The first one was a Spruce top with California native Black Acacia back and sides. This second one is Indian Rosewood with a Cedar top. I'm getting excited to see how they each sound. This one will be strung up in the next week after I put on the binding make the fingerbaord and glue on the bridge.

The back is on now and the sides are being scraped and sanded to get ready for the binding. The top has a light coat of shellac to protect while I do the binding process. I think it;s looking good and when I thump on it I'm getting all the main air tones and response I'm listening for. I think the guy I'm building this one for is going to be very happy.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Seven string guitar - almost ready to close up the box

I had to go out and buy some clothes pins to glue the back liners on. Why? Because buying something you already have is the best way to find the thing you have if you can't find it because it's lost between the other crap you have in your shop. This usually happens to me with, paint can opener keys, caulk guns, brushes, glue and socks.

Usually I make solid back liners by laminating them together out of thin strips of mahogany bend over a rib shaped form. My friend from the most excellent online guitar maker information source, Musical Instrument Makers Forum, Ellie Erickson sent me a bag of kerfed Spanish Cedar liners. Not sure if I should tell the tale of how those liners were found by Ellie, but it involved dumpster diving. And I'm a believer in dumpster diving.

Thanks Ellie, got any spare clothes pins?

Building a Cello

A second start, on a very old project.

Roses of Baetica

*A three part musing on Roman mosiac tiles and guitar rosette design.

If you've ever been fortunate enough to spend time in the southern Spanish city of Sevilla you may have taken note of one of the cities two professional football teams, called Real Betis. The team was named after the ancient Roman name for the Andalusia region, Baetica. Long before the Arabs took lower Spain and marched up to its northern limits in the 8th century, the Romans had settled in the western land they called Hispania, the Iberian peninsula of today. The Romans lived along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona to Cadiz for six hundred years. There are a few "minor" historical points as to why the soccer teams of Sevilla are not named The Moors or The Caliphs, least of all that the Romans were there before the Arabs and stayed almost as long. The Romans were one of the great builders of towns, aqueducts and monuments in ancient Spain. Along with public buildings there were houses, libraries and baths.

In an American library at Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington D.C. there is an original Roman mosaic floor from Andalusia during the time when it was called Baetica. One day in 1998 I was walking the grounds of the Dumbaton Oaks library with my stepmother Mitchell and we perused the collection of Pre Columbian art and contemplated Igor Stravinsky writing the Dumbarton Oaks Concerto when he stayed there. One of the museum galleries has an original reconstructed Baetic mosaic floor and it caught my eye. As I looked down and studied it I had an insight into a mystery that had intrigued me for a long time.
It's common in the Spanish classical guitar construction lore to assume that the influence for the mosaic tiles in the rosettes that adorn the sound hole of the guitar is from the Arabs. After I saw the Roman mosaic floor in the Dumbarton Oaks Library I began to think the mosaic tile goes back much further than the Arabic design influence in Andalusia. I'm not proposing a complete challenge to the Arabic influence in guitar making, I'm simply saying it opened my eyes to a bigger story which goes back several centuries earlier than the Arab grip of Spain.

When one is in Spain and talk goes to the past, of conquests by the Romans, Arabs, the expulsion of the Jews and other non football related subjects, the eating of Jamon Serrano often accompanies the conversation. Jamon is the delectable cured meat of the pig which was fed on acorns, away up in the hills. It was during one of these chats with the guitarist David Serva that I first heard the term "Cult of Jamon". The cult of ham means that during certain periods of time in Spain it was not proper to observe the kosher rule of abstaining from eating the cloven hoofed animals; Catholic power was in full bloom during some of these times and some of those times were dark and difficult for the people of Jewish heritage. Witch hunting, Jew bashing and Moor chasing were all part of the history of the country under the hood of Catholic control. The Cult of Jamon refers to some notion that to be seen eating the ham in public would make one safe, as a non observance of the kosher laws of Judaism and the halal food codes of Islam one could be assured of not being mistaken, by a spy of the Inquisition, for practicing Judaism. The Cult of Ham follower would demonstrate for all to see that he or she could eat with gusto the flesh of the cloven hoof beast thus ensuring they would be seen in public as a good Christian.
So where you ask, looking skeptically over your glass of Cruz Campo, is the connection between the Cult of Jamon and guitar making? It's hard to say definitively, but like all things that happen in bars in Spain the more cerveza consumed, the clearer the details of the story can appear to be. And often it's not the perfect accuracy of the story that counts, after all, a bar in Andalusia is hardly the fact checking department of the New Yorker Magazine. What counts is the masterful act of telling the story as an amusement and in this department the Spaniards are kings, or at least as good as the Moroccans.

Not long ago I had this odd notion that the Spanish guitarreros, or dealers of guitars, had been fibbing or inventing mythologies about their guitar making for a long, long time. I thought back to that day in the Dumbarton Oaks Library when I stooped to examine the Roman mosaic floor carefully and up close. The floor was made of different shades of brown, ochre, grey and whitish square stones about the size of dimes. The floor was comprised of a predominantly white field with some curvy lines running through, and geometric shapes with borders layed out through the entire floor. The room was large and situated near a line of doors that opened onto a courtyard, not a Roman courtyard exactly because the Dumbarton Oaks Library was at one time the residence of a former diplomat and his wife, both patrons of the arts named Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss. Dumbarton Oaks has an extensive garden which is quite famous, and the house itself gives the feeling of a proper Washington D.C. Georgetown home created around its antiquities and art collection. In the borders around the geometric patterns of the mosaic floor were pixelated representations of human faces made of square stone fragments. The faces were lined up ear to ear making long belts of tiny heads, each from a distinct group of characters that repeat in series. These mosaic faces were used as border strips to wrap around the various larger pattern compositions in the floor. When I saw these faces, each could have been I imagined, a single mosaic tile in a classic Spanish rosette, I had an instant shock of recognition. It dawned on me that perhaps this idea of mosaic in Spanish guitar work was not simply the influence of the Moorish art and architecture in Spain, but that it had also come with the Romans several centuries earlier.

To make this connection between the ancient Romans and the development of the style in modern Spanish guitar in the mid 19th century is quite far fetched. But is it? What about that Cult of Jamon attitude and the thoughts of the average Spanish citizen in the 19th century on the occupation of Spain by the Arabs? How much did the artisans and guitar makers of the day really seek to cash in on the influence of Arabic design in the guitars they made? Did they consciously set about to form an Arabist aesthetic in the rosette mosaic designs? After seeing the Dumbarton Oaks Baetic floor I thought it is possible the Arab influence explanation is an idealized origin myth or fiction created by those who wrote about guitars in the early to mid twentieth century and that this lore went un questioned because it sounded so romantic. Just previous to the time period when the granddaddy of the modern guitar was working, a man named Antonio Torres, one of the main influences to Spanish art culture was the Neoclassic period in France which as highly inspired by images and comparisons to the Roman Empire. I've always wondered, did the Spanish guitar makers of the 19th century all sit down in a meeting and say "Ok we shall all use Mosarabic design motifs for our rosettes." Not likely, but the history books on guitar making that document the period are always bubbling up with this concept that the Arabic design motif is the influence for the rosette. What if there were enough old Roman floors and other decorative arts carried out in mosaic still in place in public buildings and used in common furniture decoration, like chests of drawers or silver ware boxes for those guitar makers to have grown up around? Or copies of copies of copies of floors that may have been intermixed with Arab design over the centuries which utilized the borders, lines and patterning, stemming originally from the Roman times? What part of Spanish design was distilled into the common vocabulary of decoration which may have come down from the Romans of Baetica?

This all starts to sound very intellectually seductive and tantalizing to your ham eating beer drinking audience as you mortar together an answer to the puzzle one tiny stone tile at a time. Then you go to the Alhambra palace in Granada and your intellectual construction of the Roman origins of the guitar rosette falls right off its Doric columns.

To be continued in three parts...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Doing time, doing fret work

Doing a re-fret on a mando. That's me!

I learned to get my fret work together by working for Stewart Port, repair man extraordinaire.

I've known Stewie, as he is fondly called by the other gutiar makers, for about fifteen years. One of the best things he taught me was the technique of filing. Files are an essential tool for guitar making and repair work and like any activity whether it be athletic or artistic there is technique to be learned.

If you look at my left hand thumb you can see that I am putting pressure on the file an guiding it while giving it motion and pushing with the right hand. Files cut in one direction, and it's essential to attune your ear to listen to how the file is cutting, deep or shallow, fast or slow. You use the senses of hearing, vision and touch to use tools. I'm really thankful I studied with and associate with Stewart because he is a talented repair man and a stickler for developing good technique in shop work.

I have some pictures from projects going on in his shop and I'll write more in depth about Stewart Port and what he does real soon.

Electric Saz for the Secret Chiefs

This is The electric Saz played by Trey Spruance the leader of the band Secret Chiefs. (Trey is on the right, that's me on the left. )

This instrument is the brain offspring of my friend John Beal of Bealtown Guitars. John and I went to the San Francisco Art Institute together in the early 1990's. Since those days at SFAI John has become a real Orthodox priest and he has a deep interest in Byzantine chant. Now I mean to say John did not get his priestly vestments from a Cracker Jack box or some flim-flammer online buy a degree website. He went to seminary, put in his time as a novice and eventually became a full priest. Among his many talents, he can play the blues and he puts together the odd electric guitar. He also wheels and deals in vintage amplifiers.

John put this very nice electric saz together by putting a traditional saz neck on a Danelectro Longhorn body. And then Trey bought it from John and played it so much in Secret Chiefs that the sunburst saz became identified with Trey's band. Do a youtube search on Secret Chiefs and you'll likely find Trey with saz in live concert footage. ( here you go- )

After a few tours the saz' neck began to work loose and move forward, that is when John mentioned to Trey I could re work the neck joint. He brought it over and I changed the headstock to accommodate guitar tuners to replace the wooden pegs on the saz neck. Then I grafted some new wood onto the end of the neck and made it a bolt on neck that could easily be reset. I did some touch up work to the finish to make it all look original and then Trey ran off with to Europe on a tour with the rebuilt saz. I also found him a case for that thing which was not easy. Ended up after trying several cases a Gibson 335 case fit it perfectly.

John wants me to make more of these sunburst saz'. I've got ideas, lots of ideas.

What is the plural of saz? sazzes? // If you know, let me know!

Friday, February 25, 2011

A new top, Spanish style construction: neck to top joining.

On the left is a new bracing scheme I'm trying out. It's a crossed fan brace pattern. It's for a classical guitar. We'll see what happens. I think it will scream....err...sound great.  

Below this top is being joined to the neck Spanish style.  the neck and top are aligned with a straight edge and then the top is glued and pinned to the neck with a couple of small brads. This lines up the center seam of the top with the center line of the neck in one swoop. It's a fairly ancient way of working, this method can be found on extant  guitars made as early as the 1580's. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

n00bs 1979

1979? In high school when we used listen to Cheap Trick and to go the local music store dressed like this to try out electric guitars. I'm on the right, my friend Kevin on the left. I think he eventually turned out ok.

The next rosette

 This is the rosette on the guitar I'm building right now. It's a straight forward rosette, basic, tight colorful. Tease. Wait 'til this rosette gets carefully French polished. Those black bands will glow and I'll get some close in focused shots. 

But really shots like this are all about luthiers showing off those plane shavings! 


 Made for a sculpture show last summer.  There is an art gallery in the building where I have my shop.  They asked all the people who have shops here to make a piece for a group show. 

We are located by the Port of Oakland, one of the biggest ports on the West Coast. Just down the street is the edge of the water. There are huge ships floating by all the time. My entry in the show was this little boat with glass vessels as cargo. It's about 14" long. 

I have a new- used digital camera and I tried to shoot guitars in process tonight, but I have yet to master the new camera so.......we look at small ships until then.  

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Japanese antique silk wheel.

This is a silk gathering wheel from the 19th century. I saw it in a Japanese antique store about five years ago and bought it to put in my shop. To me it's beautiful and I draw a lot of inspiration by having it hanging around.

Maybe it just speaks to my worm work ethic character or there is some caterpillar to moth metaphor or some such wacky thing. Or perhaps I was a silk worm in a past life and this is like looking at the old job site. Actually that is cold comfort, forget that. I was never a worm despite what my old girlfriend said about me.

There was a basket on the left side mounted on that block and the caterpillars lived in there, eating Mulberry leaves until they were fat and full of silk. Then when they began to spin cocoons the silk was directed up onto the wheel by the silk gatherers and the caterpillars would spin and spin until the they were spent, and the wheel was full of raw silk thread. Some Sysiphean task.......

Flamenco Guitar from 2008

Since I'm supposed to be making flamenco guitars, I guess I should get going on talking about them. I found these pictures of a cedar top blanca I made in 2008.

I'm writing this blog for everyone, from jaded flamenco guitar mavens to those who don't know anything about guitars. So I will be talking in both general and specific terms to try to make an overall picture of what I'm doing that everyone can enjoy. For those of you new to looking at guitars or to flamenco guitars, "blanca" in the context of a guitar type means the guitar was made with blonde wood, usually Spanish Cypress. A "negra" means the wood is dark and usually means the guitar is rosewood. I'll get into the qualities of both types of wood over time, I'm building a flamenca negra right now and I will put up some photos soon.

This is a kick ass guitar, but like some of my guitars it was purchased and then I heard through grape vine, had to be sold because the owner had some difficult times. It's sad, but that happens. I hope someday I can make him another guitar.

Here are a few shots of the details. If you have any questions about why flamenco guitars are made this way ask away! I hope you enjoy.

Tom's oud part 4

The top photo is how the braces engage the sides of the oud in the inside. I fitted them to the sides carefully then glued them to the top and then the whole assembly was glued to the oud bowl.

There's Tom playing his oud in my shop after the restoration was finished. Tom was a student of the late great oudi and singer Hamza el Din. He's a really good oud player. Soon we'll get up a video of him playing the oud. Or some sound samples.

I would like to thank Richard Hankey AKA Dr. Oud, not only for writing the best book about oud construction known to man, but for his personal counsel in all matters oud. You can reach Dr. oud at : He has a great website oud lovers should check it out.

I have two more oud restorations slated to get underway soon. I'm going to document them as well.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mad Clamp Disease

Mad Clamp Disease. This is a pretty bad case. May not be curable.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Flat Neck Syndrome- A curable guitar neck defect

Next I'm going to talk about Flat Neck Syndrome or sometimes called Fat Neck Syndrome- a special defect that guitar neck can be born with.
It's curable, but not always pretty. FNS means the luthier did not carve the neck to be totally rounded into the classic 'D' shaped neck profile, this annoys many guitarists as the thumb of the left hand can hang up on that flat area of the neck or in the case of Fat Neck Syndrome be just plain too thick to play comfortably.

The neck profile of a guitar neck can be reshaped if there is enough meat left on the neck and there is no danger of making it too thin or structurally weakening the neck. It is a judgment call that a good repair person or guitar maker can decide on. Once you decide to have the neck modified, it's a matter of carefully reshaping it and refinishing it. Usually you want to use the same finish on the neck as was used on the guitar originally, but sometimes you must use an alternate finish for time sake or because the new finish will actually wear better.

This week I will be finishing up a neck reshaping job on a modest, but otherwise serviceable classical guitar. The guitar has horrible polyurethane finish, UHGG! Poly, the bane of all luthiers, it's thick goopy stuff and it dampens the vibrations of a delicate guitar well made guitar. However on many factory grade instruments the heavy handed long wearing polyurethane finish is often used. You just gotta roll with it a do the best you can when you repair those finishes, it's part of the repair persons territory. You out there should feel great pity for those of us who patch up your poly plastic dipped guitars.

The illustration up above shows the cross section of a classical guitar neck and shows the difference between the 'flat' and 'D' shaped neck profiles. The flat neck shape means the guitar maker rounded off the corners of the rough neck, but did not take it farther and carve the whole thing into a well formed round. Some guitarists like those flat necks and that's fine, but most prefer the 'D'.

I reshaped a neck last week as I said, and I am finishing it right now with French polish, that sounds really haughty, no? French polish is about as French as French Toast. It means using shellac, a natural finish to make a thin tough film on a wood surface. I'm going to talk about what French polishing is and why I choose it to refinish the neck I reshaped. And then I'll get back to the oud.......

Hey it's me!

I don't actually look like this, but I made this drawing as how I imagine my customers see me in my shop. In reality my arms are much thinner and my head more pointy. Self portraiture should always flatter the self.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tom's Oud #3

The oud top is shown above. This was taken after I removed the old braces from it and saved them to brace the new top which you can see below it. The old top had structural problems, basically it was folding up on itself under the tension of the strings. For an older instrument with this kind of construction it happens frequently. There are two basic cures, rebuild the old top with new supporting structure or replace the top with a new one. In this case it came down to top replacement, but I used the original braces as the structure under the top. I'll show this and tell why in a later post.

The new top turned out well, I made all new appointments for the top, pick guard, that oval shaped thing, bridge and the beard. The beard of an oud is that piece of wood near the neck that looks like an old dudes beard hanging down the face of the instrument. Only it's anatomically weird because if this were actually a face, the beard would be growing over the eyes way up on the face. This is a great reason to refrain from anthropomorphizing an oud and the main feature which distinguishes ouds from human beings.

But I digress. The rosette is made of hand carved walnut as are the other details like the beard and bridge. I had to remake the details of the top with walnut for two reasons. The old parts were made of really bad soft wood and had fallen apart or were deeply scratched. Since this oud is honestly not of historical value, it's a mass produced but good sounding instrument, we decided ( the customer and I) the attention to remaking the details and appointments would be an enhancement both structurally and aesthetically. Had this been an oud of value due to it's maker or other factor a more conservative restoration would have been carried out. This was an old oud about to die and we revived it to have another long music making life. In the end it's a players instrument not a museum piece. It's important for a restorer to understand when to make those judgements.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oud Continued #2

This is the inside of the bowl before I excavated all the old nasty glue out. Honestly this thing really smelled bad, like rancid glue mixed with some large mammal droppings. My friend Stewart Port asked me why I bothered to even fix this thing, "For the money stupid" I said . Well. I thought about saying that, but since Stewart is one of the best guitar repairer/restorers on the West Coast, I said, "for the money", shrugging my shoulders. For the money, and for the love of ouds and all old beautiful instruments.

I put on the kinky blue nitrile surgical gloves and over several sessions, which totaled twelve hours of work, I finally removed all the black glue and dirt. I had to work slowly and carefully wetting and scraping out the tarry looking mess. As a section would come clean, I worked length wise along the ribs, I would use fresh hide glue and narrow strips of shopping bag paper to reinforce the seams between the ribs. I wish I could say I felt like an archeologist removing debris and rock from valuable rare Chinese dinosaur bird fossils, but that sounds like real drudge work.

After the whole job was done the inside of the oud bowl was no longer stinky. We joked it smelled of camel piss, although I dont know what camels piss actually smells like, I imagine it to be something like what this oud smelled like. When I was in grad school I worked part time for an over educated plumber named Ted and the other part time in a boat yard, thus I understand stink and all it's nuances. The oud never phased me.

The oud restoration for Tom Chandler #1

This oud came to hard times some years ago. I don't know how old it is, but guess it's about sixty years old. The past several months it has been in my shop under going restoration for my friend Tom Chandler who is an oud and guitar player in the the San Francisco Bay Area . He's dry and sarcastic, but generally a sweet guy and a great musician. I'm going to explain a few of the things that I did to revive this oud that he had acquired in a rather dubious state of repair.

Since I don't believe in beginning at the beginning, I'm going to start somewhere in the middle. What you see in the picture is the completed patch work and cleaning of the inside of the oud bowl with the top off the instrument.
Shit, I invited you here and I have no beer in the house. Be right back. .........