Left: (11/26/07) It's been quite a while since I have done anything to the mandolin project - mainly because I have been very busy with other projects. However, I recently took the opportunity to cut out the material for the back of the mandolin from some Hawaiian Koa that I had in the shop.
The photo shows the rough sawn surfaces after the wood had been bandsawed. Once it is sanded smoother the flamed figure of the wood will be more evident. This will make a beautiful back for the instrument.
I'll try to do a little more to the project in the near future as I get time here and there. Come back to this page now and then and see what's happened.