Headstock Inlay

Time to move on from aliens!

The ukulele’s main inlay is a stylized “Man in the Moon” on the headstock plate.  The moon is made up of 5 pieces of shell plus an ebony “mini-moon” that is actually part of the underlying ebony headstock.   The moon, moon “eye” & “eyebrow” are gold Mother-of Pearl (MOP). An accent of Paua Abalone floats around the eye and across the moon.

This was a fun to build.  The most challenging element was the “eye”.  It’s only 2mm (0.088″) square and I kept losing the part as it flipped off the cutting board or my workspace.  I also kept tolerances down to 0.025mm (0.001″) so the fit was really tight.  Each part had to be perfectly parallel to the surface to slide in.  Next time I need to loosen things up a bit!

By | 2017-12-01T14:43:13+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Marvin's Moon|1 Comment

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  1. kmrussell December 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Still so much in love with the way you used the abalone – you found the perfect piece and the lines make everything feel so fluid (and cloud-like) on top of the soft pearlescent yellow!

    In other news – nice changes to the site! Especially your picture with the award-winning Pua Nani 😉

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