A few years ago, Dupuytren's contracture in my left hand stopped my violin playing. Luckily, guitar and fiddle playing had prepared me for the mandolin. Half hour on a borrowed mandolin, and I was playing dance tunes up to speed—instant gratification on a musical instrument!

I decided to build my own mandolin and measured many fine ones. After a year's research, I began developing models with an eye towards building mandolins to the quality of fine violins.

I currently build two models and plan a total of four, with names inspired by the ancients' four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. The images below link to photo essays of my first two models, Fire and Wind (inspired by the element air).

 
 
Entry to the Fire Photo Essay. Entry to the Wind Photo Essay.

 

 
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