Mindy: Mork, why are you making a tower out of Cheerios?
Mork: Because it's hard to stack oatmeal.
Mork and Mindy, 1978
Here's the "Mae West" Lacote and I am ebonizing the alder neck. I will probably apply a few coats of shellac colored black to the neck once I get settled in Colorado, but for now I just want to stain it.
I am using india ink. I have an old Harmony guitar that is painted black with white pin stripe-ing and after playing blues on it awhile I discovered that it has a maple neck because the paint wore away from where my thumb rested. I don't want that to happen to this guitar. If the shellac ever wears away I want the wood to be black.
The back side of the guitar. It's very striking with the black neck. As I was staining, I remembered that when I was a freshman in college (oh so long ago!)I was preparing a music score for my music composition class and I just had to use a calligraphy pen and india ink. I knocked the bottle over my desk, it stained the top and I think I also ruined a pair of Levi's. Things that come out from the dark recesses of my mind.
Here's the bottom of the guitar, I think I had promised a photo of this back in an earlier blog.
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