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Inlays engraved and filled

Posted by Jonnycake White on Friday, May 15, 2009

I had an hour or so last night to finally get some more work done directly on my Kirtland banjo (the latest one I'm building) - the engraving of the inlays.  Strangely enough, and without really planning it this way, the engravings got more complex the lower I went on the neck.  I started at the highest position which has an inlay - the 15th fret - which is an olive leaf, and which required a single slightly curved line.  The 12th fret is three diamonds overlapping - four short straight lines to imply the overlay of the center diamond on the two side diamonds.  10th fret - a seven point start, highlighted by seven straight lines from the tips of each ray to the opposite interstice.  7th fret - two sickles, each with a little wood grain in the handles, a ferrule, and ridges along the curved blades.  5th fret - a book and quill on two stone tablets.  3rd fret - four hearts arranged in a grid, each with individual engraved vines, leaves, and/or flowers.  I'll post some photos once I have the fretboard cleaned up, profiled and bound.  The inlays are bone, and the engravings filled with ebony dust and super glue.

1 comment on “Inlays engraved and filled”

twayneking Says:
Friday, May 15, 2009 @6:25:21 PM

Sounds wonderful.  Mine has these little white dots.......

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