Old Brown Glue Arrives and Other Luthier Goodies

Manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.

Emily Post

Remember how your parents always told you (and if they didn't they should have!) "If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all!" I was also told to be sure to tell other people about the good things that someone has done to you.

Yesterday, I received a complimentary 20oz. bottle of Old Brown Glue from Patrick Edwards!

Thank you Mr. Edwards!

It is the best hide glue on the market!

To make your own hide glue click here for Stewart-MacDonald's video.

20 ounces of hide glue! Wow! What will I ever do with it?!

My order from Luthiers Mercantile Inc, micro pipettes, mother of pearl overlays, Dr. Duck's Axe Wax and blonde shellac.

Though it doesn't stand out, the three white pieces against the bag of shellac are mother of pearl tie block overlays. One of them I will use on the bridge for Julia's guitar.

I made some fresh shellac from this bag today, I look forward to French polishing a few instruments. Okay, how many luthiers, or woodworkers, do you know who can say that?

The Dr. Duck's Axe Wax is recommended by Rick Turner for fret boards. I haven't tried it yet, I am sure that it is good because Rick has been making guitars for almost as long as I have been alive. (I was born in 1962, if that helps!)

The pipettes are for CA glue. I never thought I would like CA glue so much.

The sock on the head stock is to protect the crest!

Binding rebate ready to receive binding on Julia's guitar, which is a close copy of a guitar made by the great Santos Hernandez in 1933. Installing bindings on a guitar is the most nerve racking aspect to guitar making. After installing a binding strip, without huge tear outs from the router or chisel, and there are no major gaps between binding and guitar all I want to do is to drink heavily.
Or go for a 15 mile hike.

Cosmetic flaws on a guitar mean nothing, how well the guitar sounds and how it plays are the most important aspects, though there are people who think that the cosmetic aspect should be flawless.

Some people even look inside of the guitar for flaws.

Let me ask you this-when was the last time you played the inside of a guitar?


  1. That's a great example of repurposing with the sock!

    (I carry my phone in one of the kids' old mittens and my camera in one of their sun hats.)

  2. wilson, based on your recommend I directed one of my colleagues to the Ol' Brown Glue; we have some vintage wooden-frame chairs in bad need of reassembly and he was going to use some well-aged yeller stuff, but I think the original stickum was hide glue, so I suggested that he order some and give it a try...interests of originality, y'know.

    as for the sorts of folks who look for goofs inside the guitar--I'm not one, but I think that a shipshape inside indicates care in construction--and probably for many folks, it's the only yardstick with which they are comfortable, since it's physical and semi-quantifiable.

    My own feeling is that it's the flaw that makes an otherwise "perfect" thing beautiful. Unless that flaw is a buzzing loose brace, in which case, it's time to CALL THE LUTHIER!

  3. Well put, HD, about the inside of a guitar! I am not saying that I leave the inside of a guitar sloppy, but I think today that there are many luthiers that tell the guitar playing public that they should be more concerned about the clean innards of a guitar then how well it plays or sounds. I still haven't looked inside my Japanese made Sherry-Brener Ltd. Hernandis guitar that I bought 34 years ago! Why do I need to!


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