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I make a sandwich of the colours for the arch,and it is cut into wedges,which are then put together.I make it about 100mm,enough for quit a few rosettes.This is Laburnum,it has a very close grain.I've done the column in many different ways,now I use a circular saw to rebate it,then fit the other pieces into it. The basic method is to build the rosette around a metal tube,the diameter is slightly more than the sound hole.The various sections of the sandwich and the flat veneers are laid round the tube and then an aluminium strip is clamped around it all.This keeps everything in place until the glue is dry.Finally ,slices are cut off.Just the required thickness for one rosette at a time.
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on youtube there are few videos on how to build a rosette.
Those from luthier Michael Thames are very good.
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Here are a few original Romanillos marquetry samples which I obtained from Jose' in the summer of 2007.
Are the three at the top the sort of rosette border that you were thinking of?
Jose' shows how to make this "diamond" inlay on pg. 165 of his wonderful book on Torres. The middle one of course is a combination of flat lay-up and the addition of the diamond elements.
Courtnall pg. 135 also shows how the center "arches " figure is made.
It's important to note that the two lower strips have the border attached to one side only. When installed, the other border is added as a separate strip. Otherwise a completely assembled strip might buckle as it's bent around the curve.
- Make your own original design
- Use all natural colour for ease of sourcing and authenticity
- Use a simple form
- Draw form from relevant environmental/cultural inspirations
- Make it comparatively simple, or at least not too fiddly
I'm still working on it....
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Alan Carruth wrote:Romanillos' side grain Moorish arches rosette was what inspired me to make my own side grain 'braid' and 'interlace' designs. Maybe mine are not as beautiful as his, but they're _my_ designs, and they're not like anything else out there that I've seen. The rosette is one of the few places on the guitar where the maker can be original and creative, so why would you want to copy somebody elses' designs? Who's guitar is it, anyway?
Many builders today don't want to spend time making their own designs. I contracted Japan to do my ideas of the old Spanish masters for many years and it saves me a lot of time having to make my own, which I did for the first 20 years. I have found that the majority of the market will identify with Spanish styles more than any other style, so I have geared my work toward this end. But to each his own, as they say.
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PS: Somebody in another thread mentioned that the graph paper could be substituted by the Paint application on Windows or any other similar PC program. I think it's a great idea. I've also seen some icon making programs that could be really useful designing a rossette.
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