A Pair of Mandolins
Note: Over the last several years, my guitar building and repair business has taken on a small life of its own. Requests for custom instruments and repairs have finally compelled me to create a web site specifically for my lutherie work.
I recently completed a sort of brother/sister pair of mandolins. The first, a Flatiron-style mandolin based on the old Army/Navy design. The second, an octave mandolin. Walnut back and sides, curly maple binding, ebony fingerboard and bridge, Rubner tuners. The herringbone purfling on the flatiron adds a nice bit of bling.
I’ve long been a fan of the Army/Navy-style mandolins. My first mandolin happened to be a mid-80’s Flatiron Mandolin built here in Bozeman, MT, many years before I moved here and started building instruments myself. This build is certainly a nod towards those Flatirons, but with my own set of aesthetics.
The octave mandolin was born out of a desire to add some new sounds to the acoustic trio that I play with. Each session brings new realizations, opening an entirely new pallet of sounds and textures.