View Full Version : A tricky rosette

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
06-18-2016, 02:37 PM
The method for routing this accurately took a while to work out... you could hand inlay it but i wanted to reproduce this shape again.

The inner cut was made with the usual rosette cutter (as its a perfect circle)
The outer cut of the spiral needed some thinking- find a pic of a spiral, photoshop, enlarging, reduce, print, repeat, glue to 1/4 mdf, test cut, repeat ARGH. . .!!

Worth it though

Dark to Light mosaic with coloured purfling lines and paua (dark blue, pink and light green), white and Gold MOP dots all in a beautiful redwood top.
Woods used are:
BRW (Dark bits and red bits fading to green)
Tulip Satin Wood
Koa (dark fading to white sapwood)
Recon Stone
Buck eye Burl


06-18-2016, 02:53 PM
Very nice.

I wonder if a router adaptation of the string+post system might work as a way to repeat the process. Or a pantograph jig like this this just for the outside.

Looks really great already, though :D

Jim Hanks
06-18-2016, 02:59 PM
:worship: :bowdown: :worship:

06-18-2016, 04:41 PM
As amazing as the spiral technique was to conquer, I want to say that the sense of color and texture in moving from "dark to light" is wonderful. I am so happy and excited about the way Beau is pulling all the elements together on this uke.

06-18-2016, 06:04 PM
Very, very nice. A real stunner rosette Beau. Sure I get how you worked out the spiral, but how did you eventually cut it in? Surely not an exacto knife and chisel? Do tell.

06-18-2016, 06:21 PM
That is super cool Beau!
I have admired your work from afar for quite some time.
I hope to have the chance to play one of your instruments in the future.
Keep up the GREAT work!

06-18-2016, 06:46 PM
That is truly lovely Beau. Congratulations, really an inspiration. The flow of color and pattern as the rosette gets larger is just terrific. Thanks for posting,

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
06-19-2016, 03:58 AM
The hard part (for me anyway) was cutting the rosette "blank" with the "outside" cut, then figuring out how to cut out the rosette channel in the top a purfling line wider cut.

Vespa Bob
06-19-2016, 11:00 AM
I echo what others have said. A tremendous effort of skill and talent combined to produce a unique piece of art!


06-19-2016, 02:44 PM
Holy Cow....I don't know what else to say....