Finally we arrive at the part of the build that can be the most difficult and often frustrating, and yet it can be the most beautiful and rewarding of the whole experience. The inlaying and finishing.
Taking the mandolin through these next steps is a very delicate walk for the luthier. Hundreds of hours are now invested and the danger of making a mistake is high. Just a little bump on the peghead scroll, or dropping something on the soundboard or splatteringing some dark stain on the instrument can make it or break it…IT’s heaven or hell for the luthier as they go through these last steps.