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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    The last of the crop are finally leaving the nest. Big ones, small ones, F holes, O holes. Mostly maple bodies but a stunning small bodied jarrah mandolin too.
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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    Back to a bit of buffing:

    A pair of Big bodied Celtic F mandolins -

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CczKfXqD8Ij/

    And a lovely Small Celtic O -

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CczJn0QjMvB/
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    Re: 2021/2022 Forster mandolin batch

    You wait for ages, then two come along at the same time...

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Big-Celtic-O-mandolin.jpeg
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    Re: 2021/2022 Forster mandolin batch

    One of the batch finally off to her new home...

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/P1040432.jpeg
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    Re: Guitar bouzouki for Dream Guitars

    Yep, it works a treat. Actually, I make the tenon 4mm narrower than I want, then add 2mm of cross grained ebony to each side of the tenon to increase the strength. The spindle is a superb tool for...
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    Guitar bouzouki for Dream Guitars

    For some time I've been building a top of the range guitar bouzouki for Dream Guitars who are based in North Carolina, USA. The gzouk is very similar to the one I made for Adam Rhodes a couple of...
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    Re: NK Forster Octave mandolin build thread.

    Laminating a back for the OM - I'd decide in a few days to use either the laminated back or the braced back.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CbGatHUBrcQ/

    Nigel
    www.nkforsterguitars.com
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    Re: NK Forster Octave mandolin build thread.

    Tail block and neck glued in place, ribs fitted to take the back...

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Ca9KGswvdR9/

    Nigel
    www.nkforsterguitars.com
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    2021/2022 Forster mandolin batch

    The 2021 mandolin crop has taken a long time to harvest, but they're beginning to see come through. Sometimes I think it would be handy to have some help around here...

    One snag I hit was last...
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    Re: NK Forster Octave mandolin build thread.

    Yes it is John, though there are lots of glues you can use, it doesn't have to be epoxy. I just like how hard this stuff dries and how easy it is to work with. I put it in the press for a few hours,...
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    Re: NK Forster Octave mandolin build thread.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CaRS4oCDLQc/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CaS9XGkjH8B/

    bending sides and laminating with veneer.
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    Re: semi hemispherical fretting

    The order book is now open for the next batch of semi hemi ftet end grinding wheels:

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/blog/semi-hemi-fret-end-grinding-wheel-orders-being-taken/
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    Re: NK Forster Octave mandolin build thread.

    If it won't let you see the videos, you could always sign up and lock your account so have privacy. Then you can see the videos.

    My shop is small. Basically a three car garage. Two cars worth is...
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    NK Forster Octave mandolin build thread

    Started a new OM the other week, and I'm documenting the build on Instagram. I'll post links here for those who'd like to follow it.

    The instrument is a Indian rosewood and American redwood 22"...
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    Re: First one for 2022

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    Re: First one for 2022

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    1981 Sobell Cittern back in business

    Happy new year to you all. Those of you who follow me on Facebook will have seen this already - over the Christmas holidays a chap came down from the north of Australia and dropped off a rather...
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    First one for 2022

    Starting the year of with a rather smart ziricote/torrefied sitka Session King tenor guitar. One of three similar guitars I made at the back end of last year.

    198560

    198561

    198562

    Nigel...
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    semi hemispherical fretting

    There is a quicker way to do it...


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36xmiTkIwfU&ab_channel=N.K.ForsterGuitars
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    New tenor heading out the door

    This beauty is heading off to the USA in the morning...
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  21. Re: Everything you wanted to know about the Irish bouzouki...

    To be honest John, the wife couldn't stand the weather in Newcastle. So she's quite glad we're in the Gold Coast.
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    For sure. We used to sell to Lark and Elderly, though both fizzled out by the mid 90s. By then we were selling almost all direct.
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    My Singaporean wife couldn't get a UK visa. Despite being married to an Englishman, being from a former British colony and speaking English as her first language. And being a qualified, experienced...
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    I was there 1988-1990, 1992-2003, so if your instruments are within these dates, yes. Usually, I bent the sides, made the back, joined them all together, did the prep work on the neck, rough carved...
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    Yep, in all the time I worked for Sobell we never called them Irish bouzoukis. If it had a long neck and 8 strings we called it a bouzouki. If it had a shorter neck and 8 strings we called it an...
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