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WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
Dec 10, 2013 - 10:43am PT
Clamporous.

Clamptasia
Clamptasia
Credit: WyoRockMan


Prepping for the weekend last night in the shop:
Dressed, relief cut.
Dressed, relief cut.
Credit: WyoRockMan
Sharp is good.
Sharp is good.
Credit: WyoRockMan
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 10, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
Here's a different twist on clamping.

This thing is called a "Go Deck".

The "Go Bars" are a little longer than the space above the sound board, and you load them and slide
them on the braces while the glue dries.

Blanchard's here and he brought me a whole bunch of photos of a recent ClassiCool (nice name, eh. . . I'll take all the credit!)
a hybrid nylon/steel jazz guitar.

There are lots of cool clamping shots in this batch. . .
I'll post up some more when I can.

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I should add, the work board that the top is on is a dish with a certain radius so the top will be curved. . . uhhhhh. . .
no. . . domed, I guess is a better word. . . the curve is compound. . . kind of global. duh. . .
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 10:15am PT
I wish you could see how many Jorgensens Blanchard's got!

Here are a few, clamping a Gaboon ebony fingerboard on a mahogany neck:

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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 10:22am PT
These are pretty trick. . . Blanchard designed and built all these peensie little clamps -
kinda like clothes pins - so they fit his kerffed linings perfectly.

By the way, this bracing pattern is a custom hybrid he calls:

Latticized Torres/Hauser with Elliot style open harmonic bars

I didn't get to play this guitar. . . I sure wish I had. . . it's gotta be remarkable.

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Here's the body with all the kerffed linings in place. . . there's something really interesting going on with this guitar. . .
the differences in linings will become apparent as I post up more photos.

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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 10:51am PT
OK. . . this is trippy. . . those different kerffed linings had to
be created so "Grit Laskin" body bevels could be carved into the top,
where your arm goes over and into the back, where it rubs up
against your body. These make the guitar WAY more comfortable to hold. . .
kinda makes the guitar feel more like a living being than a squared
off box.

SOOOOOOOO. . . in all of Blanchard's glory, of course these
bevels had to be bound and purfled, requiring some serious precision work.

Here's how he solved the clamping problem for the bindings
and violin purflings - which, by the way, all had to be pre-bent
on a heated pipe.

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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Here's what happened next. . .

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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:04am PT
Here's a cool clamp. . . seat belt webbing used kinda like a windlass to snug up the joint where the fingerboard extention is glued to the top.

LOVE THIS ONE!

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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:06am PT
Here are custom built (by the one and only) bridge gluing clamps.

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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Happy crazy man with BITCHEN ClassiCool in:

Amazon rosewood
European spruce
Macassar ebony trim
Driver's side sound port
Slotted peghead in Brazilian rosewood heartwood
Abalone "B" logo (I'll take credit for that, too, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!)


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HA. . . and one of my handmade flannel polishing cloths, too!

:-)

Thanks for indulging me, dadz.

Once a guitar pimp, ALWAYS A GUITAR PIMP!

Blanchard's is a rare and precious gift that runs deeper than just Silent Partners and monomaniacal big wall solos!

OXOXOXOX
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:15am PT
Damn you! You just had to bring out the guitar porn, didn't you?!!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Wow that is a beautiful guitar!

And the elusive Blanchard, too. What a morning. Don't believe you've ever posted a mug shot before eKat.

DMT
this just in

climber
north fork
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:19am PT
That's awesome ekat, thanks.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Thanks, dadz!

DMT. . . first mugshot? Maybe. . .hmmmmmmmm.

Thought provoking.

Here's a shot that didn't really fit in that series. . . but it shows just how invasive this process is. . . I mean. . .
here's the LAST day of construction and he's STILL HAMMERING ON THAT POOR THING!

DAMN!

There are SO many ways to f*#k up a guitar while you're building it. And. . . let me tell you. . .
Blanchard Guitars produces NO 2nds!

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A N D . . . for the record, this was Blanchard's first foray into the joys of designing and executing "Laskin"
body bevels. He spent hours, 10 years ago, with Grit, listening to how he does them but there was no hands on, just yammer.

SOOOOO. . . this summer, he set forth to see if he remembered what he was told.

I'd say he gets an A!

OXOXOXOXOXO

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Never seen him before. I actively wondered if he even existed!

Or if you kept him in a Gimp Box or something you wicked wicked lady.

DMT
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:49am PT
Ekat,

That was amazing!

Mr. Blanchard is a lucky man, who is passionate in his work!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Thanks, SteveA. . . Blanchard is a lucky guy. . . his skills are off the charts. When we used to give shop tours, people would stand in awe of his handbuilt tools, alone. . . not to mention his instruments.

Interestingly, the biggest mistake he ever made was building #1 for me as a surprize Christmas gift, almost 20 years ago.

It blew my mind.

It made me cry! It was 6 months before I could play it and sing at the same time without whimpering like a little girl.

He voiced it to compliment my voice, which is sorta big and deep and most guitars get lost behind it. So. . . for the first time in my long, drawn out musical career, I could actually HEAR the guitar. It made me cry!

Nonetheless, after the initial shock of having a handbuilt guitar, I pointed out at the shop and told him to go build another one. . . and he did. . . it took 7 months (we both had full time jobs) and when that (his first steel string) was done I sat him down and told him we needed to do something SERIOUS about it.

I mean. . . that dad didn't need to wake up one day, at 65, wishin' he'd been a guitar builder.

SOOOOOO. . . we wrote a 4 year master plan and got our ducks in a row. . . and in 3.5 years, we held hands, jumped off the cliff, quit jobs and promised each other that even if we couldn't afford the fuel to heat the water, we'd eat raw TopRamen for a DECADE to make it work!

HA!

I'm proud to report the only time we ate raw TopRamen was in the backcountry where it belongs!

:-)

The rest is history!

ox
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 12:08pm PT
Never seen him before. I actively wondered if he even existed!

Or if you kept him in a Gimp Box or something you wicked wicked lady.

DMT

HA!

I've told him that I need a "WindUpBlanchard" to keep out in the shop, now that he lives 1400 miles away!

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 12:17pm PT

DIGGING these guitar posts! Thanks!

Thanks. . . and you're welcome.

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 12:21pm PT
Here's the one that started it all:

Katrianna
Blanchard Guitar #1
Guatemalan rosewood
German spruce
Imported floral Russian rosette and matching tie block (because I love flowers)
Stevensonii rosewood appointments
Curly hard rock maple bindings (because it matched my hair - that was worth a good month's worth of tears)

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Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 11, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Thanks for sharing, eKat! If the work is a reflection of the craftsman (and it definitely is!) then the artist and inspiration are beautiful souls.

I've been cutting parts for a cherry bed which will be the second project out of my new shop space; the first was my Secret Santa offering. It felt good to sign it "Loran Smith, Boulder CO 2013."

I still need to replace some machines that I didn't want to cart cross country, namely a 24" planer, a shaper with power feed, and a lathe, but I will pick those up as I need them. For now, the shop is adequately equipped (and heated!) and ready for business.

The poser at work.
The poser at work.
Credit: Edge

My little corner of the whirled.
My little corner of the whirled.
Credit: Edge

Not my table saw, but making it do. The jointer is mine, no one seems ...
Not my table saw, but making it do. The jointer is mine, no one seems to use them around here. Odd.
Credit: Edge
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